WITH Foundation: Supported Decision-Making for Adults with Disabilities
The WITH Foundation (WITH), the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), and Ability Central are partnering in an effort to foster the development of additional resources, programmatic models, and/or advocacy related to Supported Decision-Making (SDM) for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Proposals should use one of the following approaches:
- Educational materials and/or process development: Develop additional educational resources and/or process information related to SDM
- Place-based implementation: Supports place-based implementation of SDM models (e.g., projects that support the implementation of supported decision-making within a specific healthcare institution or system, community organization, etc.)
- Advocacy: Supports local, regional, or national advocacy related to SDM
A secondary goal of the solicitation is to foster new partnerships or significantly enhance existing partnerships between disability organizations, advocates, community organizations, and healthcare providers.
Supported decision-making allows people to obtain guidance and support without relinquishing their legal right to make personal choices about their lives. When using supported decision-making, a person with a disability selects a person or a team of trusted people to help understand, make, and communicate their decisions. The individual may rely heavily on their supporters when making choices, but the final decision ultimately remains within his/her control. Supported decision-making is a very flexible process; as the person gains experience, the areas in which they seek support and the people who they choose to support them may change.
Amount: At least four grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded. At least two grants will be in California and at least two grants will be outside of California but must be within the United States.
Eligibility: The solicitation suggests the following types of applicants:
- University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
- Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs
- Other Not-for-Profits 501(c)(3) – Healthcare, community, and disability organizations
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