Supported Decision-Making Three Part Webinar Series

Presented by

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Burton Blatt Institute

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

In the summer of 2013, a young woman named Jenny Hatch won a landmark legal battle protecting her right to make her own life decisions using supported decision-making instead of being subjected to guardianship. Nationwide, people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities continue to be placed under guardianship, losing their rights to make basic, fundamental decisions like where to live, what to do and who to see.  Supported decision-making (SDM) is an effective, less restrictive alternative to guardianship that uses trusted friends, family members and advocates to give people with disabilities the help they need and want to understand the situations they face and the choices they must make, so they can make their own decisions.  SDM shows great promise for increasing self-determination and improving quality of life outcomes.

Lessons Learned from the Canadian Experience: Supported Decision-Making Models


March 26, 2014
1:00 – 2:30pm EST

The Canadian experience provides useful lessons about the underlying principles, structure, and approach of SDM as an alternative to guardianship and other substituted decision-making methods.  For instance, 2005 Yukon legislation gives individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the right to enter into a supported decision-making agreement. In British Columbia, an individual with a disability may enter into a representation agreement with a support network.

On March 26, 2014 a panel of experts from Canada will share lessons learned from using SDM to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities make their own decisions and order their own lives to the maximum of their capabilities.


Michael Bach is Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Community Living

Lana Kerzner is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada who has devoted her legal career to disability law and policy work.

Peter Park has dedicated his life to advocating for people who have been labelled with an intellectual disability.

More information on the Supported Decision Three Part Webinar Series [PDF]

More information about the Jenny Hatch Justice Project