Guardianship has long been the primary method of handling decision making for individuals with intellectual and mental health disabilities. But is it the best method? At this Advocacy in Action webinar held on May 7, 2014, three experts in the field discussed guardianship and its alternatives. Topics included the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the theoretical underpinnings of the movement toward preserving the autonomy of individuals with intellectual and mental health disabilities. The Protection and Advocacy system’s involvement was also discussed and a supported decision making pilot project in Massachusetts was featured.
- Rebekah Diller, Assitant Clinical Professor & Director of the Guardianship Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Robert Fleischner, Attorney & Assistant Director, Center for Public Representation
- David Hutt, Senior Staff Attorney, National Disability Rights Network
- Robin Thorner, Supervising Attorney at Disability Rights Texas, Challenging Guardianship and Pressing for Supported Decision-Making for Individuals with Disabilities
- Kristin Booth Glen, University Professor Emerita at City University of New York School of Law and Surrogate at New York County (retired), The Perils of Guardianship and the Promise of Supported Decision Making
- David Hutt, Senior Staff Attorney at National Disability Rights Network, The Disability Rights Treaty and Advocacy Strategies Using International Human Rights