Supported Decision-Making-An Alternative to Guardianship

By Sammi Nuss (Co-Chair KASA) with a little help from one of my strongest supporters, my Mom, Ruth Nuss (Board President of PATH/FVCT)
Supported Decision-Making (SDM) agreements are something I am very excited about because they are a less restrictive alternative to Guardianship for people with disabilities who are able to make decisions for themselves, with guidance and help from people that they trust and have chosen as their supporters. Lots of people with disabilities need Guardianship because they are not able to make their own decisions and have limited life skills. There are also a lot of people (young, adult and elderly too) that CAN make decisions with just a little support, some of these currently have Guardianship, maybe because they don’t know there is an option and could be independent with an SDM.
Let me tell you my story:
When I was in my senior year of high school, I was nervous about graduating because I did not know what was going to happen after I left there. Our school had advised my Mom to apply for guardianship because they were worried about me and worried that my Mom would not be able to help me once I was an adult and had left school and I am sure they didn’t know there were other options.


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