The WITH Foundation, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and Ability Central have issued a request for proposals for its Enhancing the Resources, Programmatic Efforts, and/or Advocacy Regarding Supported Decision-Making for Adults who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) program.
Supported Decision-Making (SDM) allows people to obtain guidance and support without relinquishing their legal right to make personal choices about their lives. Using supported decision-making, a person with a disability selects a person or a team of trusted people to help understand, make, and communicate their decisions. The individual may rely heavily on their supporters when making choices, but the final decision ultimately remains within their control. Supported decision-making is a flexible process; as the person gains experience, the areas in which they seek support and the people who they choose to support them may change.
With a goal to promote innovation in the use of supported decision-making within healthcare settings and beyond, the foundation is inviting collaborative proposals focused on the development of additional resources, programmatic models, and/or advocacy related to Supported Decision-Making (SDM) for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Proposals should use one of the following approaches:
Educational materials and/or process development — the development of additional educational resources and/or process information related to SDM.
Place-based Implementation — place-based implementation of SDM models (i.e., projects that support the implementation of supported decision-making within a specific healthcare institution or system, community organization, etc.).
Advocacy — local, regional, or national advocacy related to SDM.
The foundation encourages the development of new partnerships between community, healthcare, disability, and/or UCEDD, and LEND programs. If the proposed project includes organizations that have an established/existing partnership(s), the proposed project should include significant and new efforts undertaken by the partnership and/or new partners joining the existing collaborative effort.
At least four one-year grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded, with two to nonprofits located in California and at least two located outside California.
A conference call will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PDT to answer any questions pertaining to the project design and/or application process. The call-in phone number is 866-317-5076 (no passcode required).
Eligible applicants include University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs, and other healthcare, community, and disability not-for-profits that are tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the WITH Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.