Tools & Resources

Here you can learn all about the tools and resources available on the site.

"The Right to Make Choices" The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

* New * Supported Decision-Making & the IDEA

Resources - Supported Decision-Making and Self-Determination as Part of the IDEA Transition Planning Process 

Maine Transition Guide (PDF)

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (US Department of Education, May 2017)


ACLU: How to Make a Supported Decision Making Agreement

New guide to creating Supported Decision Making Agreements published by the ACLU.

This guide was created by Zoe Brennan-Krohn, while on a Ford Foundation Fellowship
with the Disability Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Alternatives to Guardianship & Supported Decision-Making Powerpoint Presentation

Please feel free to download a PDF copy of the PowerPoint slides that DRM uses at workshops and trainings throughout the state. Updated 2018.

Archived Webinar: Alternatives to Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making

If you were unable to participate in our live webinar on April 11, 2016, there's hope!

An archived version of the training is available here: Although there is a slight issue with the syncing of the audio & video at the beginning, this resolves itself as the presentation progresses.

Presentation Handouts Available Here:

Supported Decision-Making Overview

Supported Decision-Making Designation Form

Once you have viewed this training, we encourage you to complete a brief evaluation:  Your feedback is greatly appreciated!


Beyond Guardianship: Toward Alternatives That Promote Greater Self-Determination for People with Disabilities

The National Council on Disability (NCD) undertook this report to foster a greater understanding of guardianship within the context of disability law and policy; to examine the treatment of people with disabilities within the legal system that establishes guardianship; to examine the use of alternatives to guardianship such as supported decision-making; and to make recommendations that will help align the use of guardianship and decision-making alternatives with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with particular focus on the integration mandate. The report's findings and recommendations are the product of qualitative research on the experiences with guardianship and decision making alternatives of people with disabilities, their families, and professionals within the guardianship system gleaned through interviews; in addition to an extensive review of relevant scholarship and recent studies.

Brainstorming Guide: How Are We Already Using Supported Decision-Making?

Supported Decision-Making can sound like a new, foreign idea. But most families, people with disabilities, and advocates are already using supported decision-making, even if they don't call it that. In fact, most people without disabilities are also already using supported decision-making!

This tool can help people brainstorm ways that they are already using supported decision-making, and think about new ways supported decision-making could help the person with a disability learn to make her own safe, informed choices.

Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making Slides

Presentation by Bob Fleischner, July 2015


High School and Beyond: A Guide to Transition Services in Maine

An easily digestible Guide to all things Transition with contributions from: Maine Department of Education, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Maine Office of Child and Family Services, Center for Community Inclusion, Disability Rights Maine, Composition 1206 LLC, Community Housing of Maine, Portland Public Schools, Maine Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Maine Office of Aging and Disability, Maine Parent Federation, and Students.

Visit the link to download or download directly from our page below.

International Timeline of Supported Decision-Making Policy and Practices

An international timeline of Supported Decision-Making policy and practices. The idea developed from discussion between Drs Morgan Whitlatch (Quality Trust), Jonathan Martinis (Burton Blatt Institute), and Hatice Uyanik (Department of Special Education University of Kansas).


Piloting Personhood: Reflections from the First Year of A Supported Decision Making Project by Judge Kristin Booth Glen

Personhood depends on the ability to make choices or decisions and to have those choices or decisions recognized by others. That ability to make decisions and be recognized before the law is the human right of legal capacity.

Press Release: Guardianship Terminated in Favor of Supported Decision-Making for the First Time in Maine

Disability Rights Maine (DRM) announces that for the first time in Maine, a guardianship has been terminated in favor of Supported Decision-Making (SDM). 

DRM Managing Attorney Nell Brimmer, who represented Mr. Strong in these proceedings, states “Josh’s order marks the beginning of Supported Decision-Making as a legally recognized alternative to guardianship in Maine. For far too long, guardianship has been the only legally-recognized device for individuals who need additional help with the decision-making process. Josh’s hard work and victory today creates a new and broader narrative about civil rights and liberties, which expands the ability for all Mainers to have access to the accommodations and support they need to ensure legal capacity before the law.”

SDM Info Card

Download the SDM Info Card below!  It is a quick explanation of SDM and easy to share.

Setting the Wheels in Motion

by Suzanne M. Francisco, Special Education and Disability Rights Advocate &  Jonathan G. Martinis, Esquire 

Supported Decision-Making and the Human Right of Legal Capacity

The Right to Make Choices: A Resource on Supported Decision-Making

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued a guide to guardianship alternatives and Supported Decision-Making. Click here to download the Plain-Text version. A full introduction and the Easy Read Edition can be found on ASAN's website: