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Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship

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  Supported Decision-    Making Alternatives    to Guardianship


How would you feel if you had no say in-

where you live? where you work? who you spend time with? what you can buy & spend money on?

That's what can happen to youth and young adults with disabilities when someone else has the power to make decisions for them.  For far too long, parents have been told that the only way to protect their youth/young adult is to get guardianship.  Learn an alternative view and strategies to help parents, family organizations, and providers support youth and young adults in making their own choices and decisions.  Information about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead decision provide a framework to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities, and how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can help youth maximize their capacity to make their own choices and decisions.

Click on a link below for more information:

Powerpoint Presentation

The Right To Make Choices (ASAN)

ASAN Healthcare Transition Tool Kit

Giving Someone Power of Attorney Over Your Health Care

DC Public Schools Supported Decision Making Form

Alternatives to Guardianship Fact Sheet

Alternatives to Guardianship Fact Sheet (Chinese)

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making -

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities -

Got Transition National Healthcare Transition Center -

National Center on Secondary Education & Transition -

National Gateway to Self-Determination -

National Center for Parent Information & Resources -

RAISE Center: Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment -

Person-Centered Planning -