Formal support

Under the support type “formal support arrangement”, Inclusion Europe has categorised all types of registered and formal support in decision-making. This can be the contracting of a financial advisor or of a lawyer to represent the individual’s interests. It can be the power of attorney that is legally given to another person. Or it can be the registered support contracts or agreements that exist in some countries.

The practicess falling under the Formal support category are:

Personal Assistance Budget

Summary ‘Many countries are still far from the goal of enabling persons with extensive disabilities to choose the support that best suits their needs. Sweden stands out in offering citizens a wide range of alternatives and control over the services they need, including the right to a personal assistance budget. Sweden is one of the […]

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MOBILE: supporting people who left institutions to live independently

Summary ‘MOBILE is building a network of support and assistance for persons with disabilities living out of institutions, including parents, allowing them to lead an independent life.’ Title MOBILE Location Germany Organisation/s MOBILE- Selbstbestimmtes Leben Behinderter e.V. for independent Living Issues addressed Independent Living Background information ‘For the most part, persons with disabilities still live […]

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The PRACTICAL Tool for Lawyers: Steps in Supported Decision-Making

Summary The PRACTICAL Tool aims to help identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship by providing information on supporting decision-making for legal professionals. It was published in 2016. Title The PRACTICAL Tool for Lawyers: Steps in Supported Decision-Making Location USA Organisation/s Commission on Law & Aging, Commission […]

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Ceva de Spus

Summary Ceva de Spus is the first independent self-advocacy association in Romania. It aims to build confidence and empower self-advocates by offering support that is person-centred. The support available for making decisions related to work or personal life begins with high levels of support and is reduced as the self-advocate increases their confidence in decision […]

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Trusts

Summary This practice describes how to leave money/property to beneficiaries with intellectual disabilities without them having to worry about the responsibility of looking after it in their lifetime. Issue addressed It addresses the issue of financial planning and property management for persons with intellectual disabilities, when the parents can and want to leave them assets. […]

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Alternative to guardianship in financial affairs

Summary This practice is the results of a pilot project and research conducted by Bizchut thanks to the Open Society Foundations. The findings of the project are presented in one very comprehensive publication available in English. The report presents the background issues and the alternatives found out in the pilot project. Then it discusses the […]

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VELA microboards

A Microboard™ is a small (micro) group of committed family and friends who join together with a perticulat individual individual to create a non-profit society, or a board. Together, they will help the individual plan his/her life, advocate for what he/she needs, monitor services and ensure they are safe, and connect him/her to the wider community.

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South Australian Supported Decision Making project

One of the most comprehensive pilot projects and trials aimed at developing a model on supported decision-making based on Article 12 of the CRPD. The approach aimed to maximise the autonomy and the exercise of rights by people with a disability.

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I take care of myself! Power of Attorney in easy language

The “power of attorney in easy language” is a consulting concept to support people with disabilities to create proxies. It shows how to give other persons, by means of a legal document, power to issue declarations and perform legal acts for an individual.

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Betreuungsverein of Hamburg

This Betreuungsverein is one example for the work of these local associations that undertake in Germany the recruitment, training and management of custodians (Betreuer). They are independent organisations that facilitate the implementation of the German “Custodianship Law” (Betreuungsrecht) and work in close cooperation with the respective courts and social services.

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