5 benefits of the support network,  Relationships, Increase self esteem and self worth. Valued social rolls, expanded opportunities and supported decision making

Support Networks

A support network is a group of people that a person chooses to assist in and be part of their life.  Support networks are unique and diverse based on who the person is at the center. The support network works together to listen and support, share their opinions, skills and knowledge, build relationships and assist in creating and maintaining a meaningful life for the person at the center.

Establishing connected relationships and a foundation for supported decision making are the main goals of support networks.

We have highlighted a variety of organizations and would be happy to provide further assistance in finding additional resources.

Please contact info@icof-life.ca for further assistance.

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Canadian Association for Community Living Supported Decision Making – Video showing the importance of Supported Decision Making.

Community Living Manitoba - Guide explaining the Vulnerable Person's Act for families.

Community Living Manitoba - Guide explaining the Vulnerable Person's Act for individuals.

Disability Rights Maine - This Guide was created by Disability Rights Maine to provide information about Supported Decision-Making to individuals with disabilities and their families and supporters.  


Helen Sanderson Decision Making Agreement Video about how to create and the importance of Decision Making Agreements.

Helen Sanderson Decision Making Profile - The decision making profile creates a clear picture about how a person makes a decision and how they want to be supported in decision-making.


It's My Choice Toolkit - Provide opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to experience personal fulfilment, purpose and authentic social and physical inclusion, to live a good life.

Michael Bach Video about how supported decision making can allow those with disabilities to take back control with the help of their families and communities.

Plan Institute is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community-based projects, providing educational training, and advocating for policy reform.

The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) – Video on supported decision making.

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Innovative LIFE Options is a non-profit organization that promotes self-directed living in Manitoba through three unique support options, In the Company of Friends, Options for Services and the Community Navigator.  We believe that support networks and supported decision making are fundamental in building a self-directed life.  Full inclusion and citizenship is the benchmark that guides our work.

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