Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, Supported Decision Making Your Support, My Decisions, 2016

This short video shows individuals with Downs syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other types of I/DD speaking about how they can make their own decisions with different levels of support and stay in charge of their lives through supported decision-making. Also featured are several parents and caregivers who discuss the value of SDM as an alternative to guardianship.
Keywords: Supported Decision-Making, I/DD, parents, alternatives to guardianship, self-determination

Disability Rights Maine, What Guardianship Means to Me,2016

This short video features individuals with I/DD, most of whom are not under guardianship, describing their perspectives on guardianship as a limitation on their personal freedom and autonomy. Through a series of brief montages each person describes how they engage in a process of decision-making by weighing options and consequences and choosing trusted people in their lives as supporters.
Keywords: Guardianship, supported decision-making, freedom, options, consequences

Disability Rights Texas, Jessica Bond Testimony re Supported Decision Making, 2015

Jessica Bond, a young woman with Downs syndrome, testifies before the Texas Senate committee on Health and Human Services regarding guardianship reform legislation. In the video, Jessica Bond states that she has the right to make her own decisions and exercise her freedom to do so as a person not under guardianship, making her plea to the court to pass the Texas bill whereby supported decision-making must be considered as an alternative to guardianship.
Keywords: Guardianship reform, supported decision-making, Texas

Disability Rights Texas, Supported Decision Making in Action-Dawn and Belinda, 2016

In 2015, Texas became the first state in which the courts are required to recognize supported decision-making and all possible alternatives first before considering guardianship. Dawn, a 39 year-old woman with an I/DD, describes the value of SDM for herself and how she uses her mother as a supporter when making certain types of decisions related to her health care. Dawn’s mother describes how guardianship would negatively impact Dawn’s life, essentially stripping her of her right to marry, to vote, and to live independently. With ASL and subtitles.
Keywords: Alternatives to guardianship, SDM, Texas law

Disability Rights Texas, Supported Decision Making in Action Timberley and Tonya’s Story, 2016

When students are approaching the age of majority, school districts very often encourage parents to consider guardianship for their children and receive very little information about alternatives to guardianship. This short video describes why a mother chose supported decision making over guardianship for her young adult daughter and how they use SDM together.
Keywords: Parents, schools, guardianship and alternatives

Supported Decision Making Gabby’s Story, 2016

Gabby is a young woman who was born with Spina Bifida. This short film shows how the SDM process has helped Gabby to maintain personal autonomy as she talks through the risks and benefits involved in making some of her health care decisions with her Supporters.

Keywords: SDM, health care decisions, spina bifida

Missouri Family to Family, MO Guardianship, The Stoplight Tool, 2014:

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This video features a young boy Ben with I/DD and his mother using a tool called The Spotlight Tool, to illustrate areas in which Ben is able to make decisions on his own (green), with support (yellow) and areas in red, to show a specific area in which one might seek a limited type of guardianship after exploring all other alternatives. The purpose of the video is to show that guardianship should be sought as a last resort.

Keywords: Alternatives to guardianship, tools for support

Missouri Family to Family, MO Guardianship, Jodi and Matt, 2014:

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This video features Matt, a young man with Cerebral Palsy and seizure disorders, and his mother Jodi, who describes how her family is weighing the options and alternatives to guardianship that best fit their son’s unique needs as he reaches the age of majority.
Keywords: Cerebral Palsy, alternative communication, alternatives to guardianship

Missouri Family to Family, MO Guardianship, Kelly and John, 2014:

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In this video, Kelly and John, self-advocates from People First of Missouri (, tell their personal stories about guardianship and about their involvement in self-advocacy.
Keywords: Self-advocates, alternatives to guardianship, self-determination and appropriate supports