Trusted persons

“Trusted support persons”, in the context of support for decision-making, refers to individuals like peers, friends, family members or other people with whom an individual has an exceptionally good relationship. The support referred to in this section, is equivalent to the normal advice everyone may ask from close friends before taking important or not so important decisions. Trusted person can also relate the history of a person with a disability – especially persons with severe disabilities, can recall their preference and can analyse their behaviour and read if the person is happy or not with some decisions or changes in his or her life.

The practices falling under the Trusted persons category are:

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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Circles Network

Circles Network is a UK wide voluntary organisation based in Warwickshire, renowned for building inclusive communities on the foundations of justice, advocacy, empowerment and friendships. This organisation has expertise in the development of Circles of Support, Independent and Collective Advocacy, Person Centred Planning and Inclusion into the mainstream of life.

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Swedish Personal Ombudsman service (PO) for people with mental health problems

The Personal Ombudsman (PO) is a model for supported decision-making which is independent from all authorities. The Personal Ombudsman helps his/her client with a wide range of issues, ranging from family-matters to housing, accessing services or employment.

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