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Assisted Decision Making Act


This legislation will replace the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 and will mean adults with diminished mental capacity will no longer be wards of court; instead a decision-making assistant, a co-decision-maker or an attorney will be appointed based on the capacity of the person…

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This Assisted Decision Making Act programme is designed to inform course participants of the main areas of the law and how it will impact on the provision of services to vulnerable adults.

The new Assisted Decision Making (capacity) is a complex piece of legislation which brings Ireland in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It aims to support people who have difficulties in exercising their decision making abilities. The legislation stresses the importance of a person’s preference and tries to assist them in achieving this.

Outcomes of this module will allow services and front-line support workers to support people with intellectual disabilities in compliance with the Assisted Decision Making Act through the following;

  1. To explore choices and options
  2. Build their decision making capacity
  3. Express their will and preference
  4. Secure their rights and entitlements
  5. Have their choices and views represented.