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Supported health care decision-making for people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities

18 Jul 2016

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first international treaty to recognize that people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities have a human right to legal capacity. Article 12 calls for supported decision-making to replace substituted decision-making such as power of attorney or guardianship. Substituted decision-making transfers responsibility to make decisions to a third party. Supported decision-making allows people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities to name trusted supporters to assist them with making decisions and to assist with communication. This enables the person to direct their own life to the greatest extent possible ( 1 ).

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