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Alternatives to Guardianship

Preserving the Autonomy of Individuals with Intellectual and Mental Health Disabilities

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

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