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Supported Decision Making - a Parent's Perspective


Supported Decision Making (SDM) can provide people with disability opportunities to assess life situations and make decisions, with needed support. In this article, Janice Fitzgerald gives a parent’s perspective on SDM.

When Janice’s son John was a young child, she lived in constant fear for his future. She later learnt that fear and love are incompatible. When living with fear, decisions are likely made to control a situation, whilst decisions grounded in care and love lead to sound judgments. Care and love are two of the most important qualities for effective Supported Decision Making.

Janice Fitzgerald
Parent to Parent USA website
Parent to Parent USA website
Publication Date
1 May 2019
Person with disability, Families, Parents
Support, supported decision making, SDM, person-centred, developmental disability
United States

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