Voice and Choice – Important Discussions Around Legal Decision Making for Adult Students
Friday, March 24, 2023 (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM) (EDT)
Voice and Choice – Important Discussions Around Legal Decision-Making for Adult Students
Presented by: Annette Hines
Even before the Britney Spears case, in 2011 WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders) programs started a revolution of Guardianship reform across the country. Legal decision-making support takes many forms and should always be the least intrusive necessary. It is our responsibility as a community to ensure that disabled voices are heard and choices are honored. In this session, you will learn how to make this a person-centered process and what the alternatives to guardianship are in our state and our country. We will discuss the range of options to support legal decision-making, including supported decision-making agreements (“SDM”), Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney and more. What are the standards for signing these legal supporting documents and what is the standard for guardianship. In addition, we will discuss the role and nature of clinical evaluations in this process. As we move further into our discussion, it is important to talk about the role of the guardian and legal protections afforded to the Incapacitated or Protected Person. This once again emphasizes the duty that all supporters have to listen to their person and honor their choices in life. We will discuss the “dignity of risk” in supporting decisions. In the end, we hope that the audience will be clear about their plan to support a person’s legal decision-making and why they are choosing one particular option over another.
- Supporting a client through the guardianship process
- The various options of guardianship in Massachusetts
- The process of guardianship in Massachusetts
About The Presenter:
Attorney, mother, author, advocate and founder of Special Needs Law Group, Special Needs Family Services, The Special Needs Companies, and host of Parenting Impossible - The Special Needs Survival Podcast. Annette Hines, brings personal experience with special needs to her work as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep personal understanding of raising a child with disabilities fuels her passion for quality special needs planning.
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