older man smiling and wearing a gray suit, brown hat and glassesSupported decision-making is a tool that can be used in place of, or in addition to a guardianship. Supported decision-making places the person with a disability’s preferences and decisions at the center of the process. The person with the disability choses a team of individuals around them to assist them when making critical life decisions. These supporters provide information and perspectives, while respecting that ultimately, the choice is in the hands of the person with disabilities.

Please read more about supported decision-making in the following resources.


Self-Determination and Supported Decision-Making [PDF File] English version, Spanish version – Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council

2021 Senate Session Law SB 21-075 Support Decision Making Agreement for Adults with Disabilities

Draft Supported Decision-Making Agreement and Information Sheet

Supported Decision-Making in Your State – National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

Supported Decision Making Powerpoint S&P Global

Center on Youth Voice Youth Choice is for youth with disabilities. You have the right to make your own decisions about your life!  The Center works with you, your families, and your supporters. They do research, advocacy, and teaching about alternatives to guardianship.

The Arc of Colorado and Arc of Weld County Supported Decision-Making Event

Recorded on August 5, 2021 at 2 PM on Facebook Live

If you missed it we have it available below!

English: https://vimeo.com/582615816
Spanish: https://vimeo.com/583467234