Our very own Amanda Benoit and Paige Emerson are self-advocates and proud representatives of the Supported Decision-making Pilot Project, a joint initiative of Nonotuck and the Center for Public Representation. Amanda is a participant and Paige is a Board member and community ambassador.
In 2015, both women co-presented their experiences with the SDM project at the annual conference for the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (www.aaidd.org).
This year, we sent 2 videos to the conference so attendees could learn more about their stories. The videos were well received, and Amanda and Paige are now ready to share with our supporters and Facebook community.
ABOUT OUR PROJECT
The Pilot Project is backed by its own support network – an Advisory Council made up of individuals with disabilities, parents of individuals with disabilities, judges, medical professionals, social service providers, attorneys, and advocates. Some have family members with disabilities, and two currently serve as guardians to individuals with disabilities. The Council meets about three times a year and offers advice and guidance to the Project.
Council members include:
Alison Barkoff, attorney, The Bazelon Center
Fred Bona, parent of an individual with a disability
Nickie Chandler, nurse and guardian to an individual with a disability
Paige Emerson, Stop & Shop employee
The Hon. Kristin Booth Glen (retired), New York Surrogate Court
Alison Hillman, program manager, Disability Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations
Johnathan Jenkins, Guido’s employee and pilot participant
Michael Moloney, CEO, Horace Mann Educational Associates
The Hon. Gail Perlman (retired), Hampshire County Family and Probate Court
Pixie Plummer, M.D., Baystate Health Services
Leo Sarkissian, executive director, The Arc of Massachusetts
Karen Talley, attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services