Supported Decision Making – Alternatives to Guardianship

Mon, Mar 30th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Oakland Community Health Network
5505 Corporate Drive
Troy, MI 48098

Guardianship, at one time seen as a way to “protect” people with disabilities, is now seen as an intrusion into a person’s basic civil and human rights and a legal process to be avoided. Learn alternative means to guardianship and methods to handle decision-making that assist individuals with disabilities and their advocates.

What will I learn?

• Summarize the historical reasons for guardianship
• Discuss why guardianship is harmful
• Identify ways to support people so they can control their own lives
• Understand the importance of self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities
• Perceive how much easier it is to avoid guardianship than to undo it

Who Should Attend?

Individuals receiving services, advocates, family members, case managers, and supports coordinators.

Presenter – Dohn Hoyle

A respected leader and long-time advocate for people with disabilities for more than 39 years, Dohn provides leadership regarding self-determination, inclusive education, overuse of guardianship, eliminating seclusion and restraint, criminal justice issues, and SSI/SSDI. Dohn currently works as the Public Policy Director at The Arc Michigan, following a decade-long stint as the organization’s Executive Director.


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