Self-Employed and Self-Determined: Introduction to Supported Decision-Making

National Disability Institute (NDI) Small Business Webinars (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Eastern time

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Presented by: Jonathan Martinis, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Study after study has shown that when people with disabilities have more control over their life and make more decisions for themselves – when they have more self-determination – they have better lives. People with disabilities who are more self-determined are more likely to live independently, work, be integrated into their communities, and avoid abuse.

Unfortunately, people with disabilities are often ordered into guardianships that are unnecessary or too restrictive. This can limit their quality of life and opportunity to work — including in self-employment — and live independently. After all, if you were a bank, would you lend someone money to start or fund a business if they had [no] legal right to make financial decisions?

This session will introduce the audience to the theory and practice of Supported Decision-Making (SDM). When people with disabilities use SDM, they work with friends, family, and professionals so they can understand their choices and make their own decisions.  As a result, SDM can help people be self-determined, have better work and life outcomes, and avoid unnecessary guardianship!

ASL Interpretation and Captioning will be provided. To make a reasonable accommodation request or if you have questions about this session, please email Alexis Jones at Please allow at least 3-5 business days’ advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted though may not be possible to fulfill.

Please check back 1-2 weeks after the live webinar to view a recording of the webinar and to download the slides from the presentation.