Want to contribute to the development of supported decision-making in Europe? Send us your good practices!
Published: 16 July 2015
Inclusion Europe has a website called Choices.
So if you want to share some of these good ways
Being able to make decisions and feeling accountable for them is central to one’s self-esteem, and instrumental in how people perceive their quality of life. Most people with intellectual disabilities in Europe are, however, denied this right, being placed under guardianship regimes that allow them no say in important matters related to their own lives.
Luckily, in line with Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which the European Union has signed and ratified, guardianship regimes must be replaced by supported decision-making models that provide individualised support for persons with intellectual disabilities. To further this process Inclusion Europe has created the Choices website, presenting a range of supported decision-making models for people with intellectual and other disabilities. While there are many good practices available which can help supported decision-making, they are often scattered and hard to find. Choices therefore gathers and analyses the wealth of resources, making it easy for the reader to find the information they need, either by choosing the relevant area of life the model would be relevant to, or the type of support needed.