Rethinking Guardianship for Transition Age Young Adults with Disabilities: Is It Really Necessary?
Commonly, parents of children with developmental disabilities are encouraged to seek guardianship when their child is approaching age 18. But that may be an overly restrictive intervention. Learn how Supported Decision Making, a nationally recognized option, can maximize self-determination while acknowledging concerns related to vulnerability for people with disabilities. This session will discuss approaches to respond to vulnerabilities as well as tips for discussions with families considering guardianship.
During class we will:
- Explore reasons why families are often encouraged to seek guardianship when their child with disabilities turns eighteen and how to address concerns.
- Understand the benefits and potential downsides of guardianship.
- Describe decision making options for those with impaired decision capacity, including supported decision making.