Self direction is the opportunity to have control over your decisions to determine the course of your own life. For people with disability this includes directing how they are supported and by whom. This resource page provides examples of people managing their own supports, hiring their own staff and shaping their own futures.
In this article, Janice Fitzgerald gives a parent’s perspective on supported decision making (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. (PDF)
Advice for short and long term planning for an individual's good, safe and secure life. CoversPublished by the Mamre Association, a family support organisation in Brisbane, QLD. It includes developing and safeguarding your vision and plan, and legal issues including guardianship, wills and trusts, and special disability trusts. (PDF)
Six steps to safeguarding through planning: 1. Develop a safeguarding mentality 2. Apply a safeguarding lens to a personal plan. 3. Understand risk and the dignity of risk taking 4. Identify ways to address risk 5. Design new or improved safeguards 6. Implement and renew safeguards. Published by Community Living British Columbia, Canada (Word .doc)
Make detailed personal records of an individual's life, support and needs, so that people can support the person well. Especially important when those closest to the person no longer can. This guide includes how to gather information; the heart of the information; the day-to-day; and a template to use. Published by Pave the Way/Mamre Association in Brisbane, QLD. (PDF)