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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 1 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Supported Decision-Making and Alternatives to Guardianship LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Decision-making is a skill like any other. We each process information differently and react based on different priorities and different life experiences. Similarly, we all experience difficulties in decision-making at one time or another. It's natural and human to make mistakes and find the supports we need to make better decisions. For individuals with disabilities, there are less opportunities to build decision-making skills and make the mistakes necessary for learning better decisions. This is because guardianship laws allow judges to take away all civil rights based on if that individual has a disability and if they make "good decisions". For many individuals, someone is appointed as their guardian before they have the opportunity to make any decisions at all. Supported Decision-Making is a way of breaking down the decision-making process, finding where someone has difficulty, and identifying the supports needed to help that person make the decisions that are right for them. The process recognizes that we are each individuals and we each deserve the right to take risks, make mistakes, and lead the life we want. This training seeks to give an overview of guardianship, the decision-making process, and how to use supports to accommodate someone who needs assistance with decisions-making without resorting to guardianship. By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) identify what a functional limitation in decision-making looks like; 2) identify what support tools are available to support someone with a functional limitation in decision-making; and 3) create a Supported Decision-Making plan which describes how a person will be able to use support when they have trouble making decisions.

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Lydia Paquette

Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Maine
Lydia Paquette grew up in the eastern most point of the United States and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in Psychology. She went on to obtain her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law with a focus in public interest law. During both undergraduate and law school she volunteered and interned with Pine Tree Legal Assistance helping low income Maine citizens obtain access to justice. She is fully committed... Read More →


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Thursday December 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Regency C 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103