Join us on May 7 at 12:15 p.m. CDT for our next statewide webinar on Guardianship with Colleen Elbe, Disability Rights Texas. This webinar will provide parents with information on Guardianship in Texas, Alternatives to Guardianship, as well as Supported Decision Making Agreements. Parents will learn the purpose, process, benefits and drawbacks of each. Resources will be provided to direct parents to sample forms and additional information. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_e6sC9KU7TMWGFVq0vx1XjQ If you have questions about our statewide or collaborative webinar series, please contact Meagan Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even young adults on a typical developmental path don’t immediately begin making every decision, and assuming every responsibility, the day after they turn 18. There are a variety of supports for decision-making, both formal and informal, that parents of all young adults can consider, regardless of the young person’s disability or level of independence. Decision making supports can apply to medical, financial, educational and personal decisions. There are four main factors to consider in order to make a meaningful support plan for your individual young adult with his or her own unique needs. The factors are: autonomy, capacity, responsibility for consequences, [...]
Most people with disabilities can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from a person whom they trust and do not need a guardian. There are many alternatives to guardianship that give people with disabilities support to make decisions without taking away their rights. During the 84th Texas Legislative Session in 2015, legislators passed new laws that make Texas the first state to have laws recognizing supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship. Continue reading this informative article from Disability Rights Texas to learn more about supported decision-making. What Is Supported Decision-Making? Supported decision-making allows individuals to make their own decisions and stay in charge of [...]