Mainers receiving developmental disabilities experience guardianship at nearly double the rate of their peers in the US. Supported decision-making (SDM) is a strategy by which an individual with a disability works with a trusted network of supporters to make choices about his or her own life. It can be used instead of or in conjunction with substituted decision making. Supported decision making will be included in the probate code as of July 2019. In 2018, MDDC
MDDC also supports outreach and self-advocate training regarding civil rights and guardianship through its contract with Maine’s statewide self-advocacy organization.