FREE Trainings on Supported Decision-Making and Alternatives to Guardianship in Massachusetts

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What does it really mean to get guardianship?

What are other options to consider?

Guardianship is Not the Only Option:
Supporting Decisions in Adulthood

Are you a family member of a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD)?  Do you want to learn more about ways to support youth and young adults with decision-making about their lives?

In Massachusetts, when people turn 18 years old, they become legal adults. This means the law says they get to make their own decisions regarding their health care, education, finances, and other personal matters.

Parents of youth with IDD are often incorrectly told that going to court to get guardianship is the only way to remain involved in their child’s adult life.

But that is not true.

Do you want to request a FREE training for families?
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Getting guardianship is a serious step to take, and it is important to fully understand the consequences first. There also are other options – including Supported Decision-Making – that may work better for a person with IDD and their family.

With Supported Decision-Making, people with disabilities turn to a network of supporters – family members, friends, or others they trust – to help them make their own decisions. People's placing their hands on top of each other in a sign of teamwork

We offer trainings designed to empower families and people with disabilities through education about all the available options, so they can work together to find the right fit for them.

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Projects: “Supported Decision-Making: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” &
“Empower and Ability in the Hispanic Community,” funded through grants from the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living,
Federal Award No. 93.630.

Center for Public Representation
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