Tag: supporters

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Voting with a Disability (July 13, 2020)

This video explains what it is like to vote with a disability. The video talks about how accommodations with voting work and what to expect when you vote.  The video also explains that you can contact your state’s Protection & Advocacy Agency if something goes wrong when you are trying to vote and you need help from a lawyer.

Visit resource: Voting with a Disability



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The Story of the First Two Nations to Pass Landmark Disability Rights Law (December 2, 2019)

Information on event held by Open Society Foundations bringing together disability rights leaders who championed passage of laws eliminating guardianship and fully recognizing the right to legal capacity of persons with disabilities in Peru in 2018 and Colombia in 2019.

Visit resource: The Story of the First Two Nations to Pass Landmark Disability Rights Law


Law/Legal

UN expert welcomes legal capacity reform in Colombia to end guardianship regime (August 29, 2019)

Article about Colombia’s elimination of guardianship. Contains statements by Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas.

Visit resource: UN expert welcomes legal capacity reform in Colombia to end guardianship regime


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Making My Own Healthcare Decisions for People with Disabilities (July 2019)

A sample letter than can be used to explain your wishes about health care decision-making to a health care provider. This letter could be used as an SDM agreement if you are only interested in your supporters helping with health care decisions.

Visit resource: Making My Own Healthcare Decisions for People with Disabilities


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Turning Rights Into Reality: How Guardianship and Alternatives Impact the Autonomy of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (June 10, 2019)

Follow up report to National Council on Disability Beyond Guardianship 2018 report. This report explores the experiences of people with I/DD through interviews and research. Report discusses school-to-guardianship pipeline.

Visit resource: Turning Rights Into Reality: How Guardianship and Alternatives Impact the Autonomy of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities



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Supported Decision-Making A User’s Guide for People with Disabilities and Their Supporters (2019)

Manual for people with disabilities and their supporters to help understand how to use SDM. Contains useful tools such as checklists for deciding what type of support is needed in various areas.

Visit resource: Supported Decision-Making A User’s Guide for People with Disabilities and Their Supporters



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Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S. (2019)

Voting is important! Did you know that even if you have a guardianship you may still be able to vote? Whether you can vote while under a guardianship depends on the laws in your state and on what your guardianship paperwork says. If you are under a guardianship you may still have the right to vote. The Your Vote Counts guide from Autistic Self Advocacy Network explains the rules in every state about voting while under a guardianship.

You can also read more about your RIGHT to vote and HOW to vote on this page from Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Visit resource: Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S.