The aim of the Supported Decision Making Project was to build knowledge on how people with cognitive impairment can be supported to make major life decisions, such as post-school options and accommodation.

The research, conducted by La Trobe University, explored the processes and dilemmas associated with supporting people with cognitive disability in decision making. The outcomes of the research were then used by Scope to develop a range of resources to improve knowledge and build capacity in the area of decision-making support. The multimedia and print resources target families and carers, service providers, and legal professionals.

The Supported Decision Making Project was conducted by Scope in partnership with Carers Victoria and funded by The Victorian Legal Services Board through their Major Grants Program.

For additional information about any of the resources, email research@scopeaust.org.au

Decision-making support resources

These resources contain information about providing decision-making support to people with mild and moderate cognitive disability.

Print and film resources have been developed for three groups: service providers, families and carers, and legal professionals. The resources can be downloaded free of charge by registering below.

The resources have been developed by Scope in partnership with Carers Victoria.

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Service providers

These resources target disability workers, which means anyone who is paid to work with a person with mild or moderate cognitive disability. This could be a support worker, a coordinator, a manager, a therapist or other person working in the disability sector. These resources are designed to help you support someone with mild or moderate cognitive disability make important decisions and to better understand the key principles for decision-making support. The resources available are:

  • The complete resource for service providers
  • Individual information sheets for disability support workers
  • Video about principles of decision-making support
  • Video about weighing up the pros and cons of a decision

Information sheets for service providers

These one-page information sheets are designed specifically for disability support workers. They provide an overview of some of the different aspects of decision-making support:

  • Introduction to decision-making support
  • Key ideas about decision-making support
  • The role of supporters
  • Steps in decision-making support
  • Making decision-making part of life
  • Dealing with challenges in providing decision-making support

Families and carers

These resources are for family members and carers involved in the care of someone with mild or moderate cognitive disability. The resources are designed to help you support someone with mild or moderate cognitive disability make important decisions and to better understand the key principles for decision-making support.

  • The complete resource for families and carers
  • Video about principles of decision-making support
  • Video about weighing up the pros and cons of a decision

Legal professionals

These resources are for legal professionals working with people with mild or moderate cognitive disability. They provide guidelines for legal professionals who may be representing or advising a person with mild or moderate cognitive disability:

  • The complete resource for legal professionals
  • Video about supporting people with cognitive disability to make decisions

For additional information about any of the resources, email research@scopeaust.org.au