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This is the website for our global network on Self-Directed Support.

Our network is made up of organisations who are leading work in their home country or region on self-directed support, particularly those working alongside people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Our goal is to work in partnership with other important European and International bodies, especially those led by disabled people, and to help ensure we can achieve citizenship for all.

A network made up of wooden blocks which represent people.



Self-directed support is the name for a system of support that puts people in control of their support and means:

  • Confidence - people know their voice will be heard

  • Control - people shape their support to fit their own life

  • Connections - people grow strong relationships of love and power

  • Contribution - people share their gifts and help create a better world


Directing your own support is a human right and it is based on the principles established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Upcoming Events

  • Experiences in SDS New Zealand
    26 Jan, 20:00 – 21:30 EET
    Webinar in Zoom
    This webinar will explore Individualised Funding in New Zealand and the social impact the programme is having and discuss the future and evolution of self-direction as a human right and the normal model of support, as opposed to an alternative. Marsha Marshall is the CEO of Manawanui Support Ltd.


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