Since the SDMNY project began, we have seen people with a wide spectrum of intellectual disabilities, young adults and older persons, with and without guardians, learning about, and then utilizing, supported decision-making with trusted supporters of their own choice. Their use of SDM has advanced and supported their self-determination, decision-making capability, independence, inclusion, and dignity.

There are many stories and testimonials about how SDM has worked for real people; you may access a number of them in our Reference Library.

Here are our favorites, Gabby’s Story, made by our colleagues at the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and

5 movie clips made by Bizchut, The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, with the support of OSF, the clips talk about the negative elements of guardianship and the positive elements of supported decision-making.