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Eleminating the Provasiveness of Guardianship

By Dohn Hoyle

The timing is right to change the current pervasiveness of guardianship. We have moved away from parents and and professionals making decisions about placements for people with disabilities in homes, facilities, and day programs. The principles and practices of person centered planning and self-determination give us the tools to support individuals with disabilities to have the lives they want in the community. This change bodes well for rethinking our reliance and benign attitude towards guardianship.

Rethinking Guardianship and Promoting Self-Determination

By Tom Nerney

When professionals and other people who are part of support systems are faced with questions about an individual's decision-making capacity, they are often led to the concept of incompetence and the promotion of legal guardianship. This is a process that everyone would prefer to avoid and that unfortunately can result in total lack of control and power of the individual over his or her own life. Fundamental rights of individuals which all citizens of our country expect and enjoy can be limited under guardianship. These rights may include marriage, voting, the right to procreate, and privacy. In addition, the power to make simple day-to-day decisions is often given to a surrogate decisionmaker, further negating the meaning of the self-determination process for the individual.

Guardianship and the Disability Rights Movement

By Diane Coleman and Tom Nerney

The disability rights movement has never been monolithic, but it has experienced an increasing consensus about the importance of limiting the legal authority granted to guardians, especially in life and death health care decision-making. Twenty-six national disability rights groups asked the courts not to allow Terri Schiavo

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New Video Focuses on Caring for Loved Ones in their Homes and Communities

Support at Home
is a video highlighting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, seniors and veterans and shows how family and friends can find resources as they face the challenge of caring for their loved ones.
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