Real Life Experts on… Partnering in Supported-Decisionmaking in Adulthood

February 6, 2017 - 1 minute read

In the latest issue of Partnering Together, we put together ideas and resources for using supported decision-making. In addition, our Real Life Experts share their perspectives on aspects of supported decision-making across the LifeCourse. Below, is an excerpt from the Adulthood column, written by Mary, an early childhood professional in the KC area.

Adulthood life stage iconWho is partnering with me with in supported decision-making?


Photo: Mary, a preschool graduate of the Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center, has chosen early childhood education as her life work.

I love my life because of all the people that are involved in my life. The people who are involved in my life are my family, friends, and teachers. Everyone means a lot to me! The reason is because they did a great job supporting and teaching me. This is my supporting team in my whole life. My family is involved by raising me, supporting me, and making sure I understand about life. My friends are involved by treating me as a person, not just my disability. My teachers are involved by helping and making sure I understand about school life. Without my support team, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

Photo: Head shot - Mary Warm, Real Life Expert columnist in PT 4.4

Kansas City, MO
Mary is a graduate of the THRIVE program at UCM. She is studying early childhood.


Read the full column and check out what the other Real Life Experts had to say in our latest issue at

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