Preventing Guardianship: How CILs Can Be the Frontline to Advocate for Less Restrictive Alternatives (1.5 Hrs)

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About the Training

Guardianship is the legal authority to make decisions for another individual. Independent Living philosophy is grounded in the unwavering belief that people with disabilities must have the authority to make decisions about their own lives. CILs can and should help consumers avoid guardianship. Not only is it an important civil rights issue, but helping consumers maintain their self-determination dovetails perfectly with the new CIL core services of transition, diversion, and support for youth in transition. Presenters share statistics about guardianship decisions, describe how guardianship prohibits the independence and civil rights of people with disabilities, and how you can help consumers pursue practical alternatives to guardianship, like supported decision making.

Target Audience

CIL Executive directors, program managers, and other staff concerned with the impact of guardianship on independent living goals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe the basic tenets of the Independent Living philosophy and connection to self-determination and consumer control in decision making.
  • Describe what guardianship is and how it creates barriers to independence for consumers and consumer direction.
  • Identify alternatives to guardianship and the importance of preserving the civil rights for adults with disabilities.
  • Describe guardianship as an advocacy issue that can support or strengthen advocacy activities and support for youth in transition.

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