Highlights: Supported Decision-Making in Medical Scenarios
Because medical decisions often need to be made in stressful situations, involve complex information, and require weighing of significant risk, planning is important. There are many ways that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can receive support to make decisions about the health care they want to receive.
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The following tweets are from a webinar hosted by The Arc National's Center for Future Planning, on supported decision making for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, both in general, and regarding medical care. The speakers discussed how supported decision making works, why it's a less restrictive option than guardianship, and how people with ID/DD can benefit -- in ways their caregivers and loved ones can get behind. The webinar was conducted by Sam Crane and Kelly Israel from The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and Dr. Clarissa Kripke of the UCSF Office of Developmental Primary Care.
For more information, see The Center for Future Planning's Resource page on Supporting Daily & Major Life Decisions.
- Note: Thinking Person's Guide to Autism interviewed Dr. Kripke recently about Why Supported Decision Making Is a Better Choice Than Conservatorship.
- Sometimes listening to people with ID/DD is complicated. @RutiRegan has advice for being a better listener: http://www.uctv.tv/shows/When-Listening-is-Complicated-Skills-for-Honoring-the-Individual-Perspectives-of-Every-Person-with-Disabilities-32191 …