All people deserve a say in choices about their medical care. Even people who have been appointed a legal guardian should be part of the decision-making process. SDM team members can facilitate discussion between medical professionals and patients who may have different communication styles. The use of SDM in the medical setting ensures that patients with disabilities have a full understanding of the decisions that need to be made and are meaningfully involved in the informed consent process.

Blood Draw Tool

This tool shows a patient or supporter the process of getting their blood drawn at the doctor’s office. In addition, there are other resources about Supported Decision Making.

Making Decisions in Dental Care

This tool provides information on self-advocacy to patients and supporters and shows how healthcare professionals can provide support to their patients.