Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

VOR is a national advocacy organization representing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Whether you are seeking services in a smaller setting or a licensed facility community, this site is dedicated to providing some background information to assist you on our journey, including information about licensed Medicaid facilities (ICFs/MR), Resource Links, Guardianship, Community Resource Centers, and more.

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VOR Position Paper: Guardianship vs. Supported Decision Making

Issues to Consider Regarding Guardianship and Supported Decision Making

By VOR's Issues and Oversight Committee on Guardianship Rights

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their parents, family members and guardians may have heard about Supported Decision-Making (SDM), an initiative that could affect their decision-making rights. Some see SDM as an alternative to guardianship, while others view it as an attempt to remove the legal instrument that provides a safety net for vulnerable individuals.  

VOR is a national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for individuals with I/DD. We understand the valuable role that guardians play in the emotional and physical well-being of their wards. As advocates who appreciate the diversity of the I/DD community and the need for a wide array of supports, we want to ensure that guardians and family members are aware of the issues connected to Supported Decision-Making so that they can make informed decisions about the care of their loved one with disabilities.