Supporting Decision Making Across the Age Spectrum A Report by The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging-March 2020

In May and June 2019, the Commission on Law and Aging convened advocates, experts, and policymakers in disabilities and aging to discuss decision supports for individuals across the age spectrum and to explore areas of consensus about supporting decision-making for all adults. Participants in the two forums, held in Washington, DC, agreed on some points…

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Guardianship for Young Adults with Disabilities as a Violation of the Purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) was originally enacted in 1975 as the Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act. The purpose of the IDEIA is to “provide a free appropriate public education” to children with disabilities and to prepare them for further education, employment, and full participation in society. Under the IDEIA, all…

Kristin Booth Glen, Not Just Guardianship: Uncovering the Invisible Taxonomy of Laws, Regulations and Decisions that Limit or Deny the Right of Legal Capacity For Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Most of us enjoy and exercise the right of legal capacity every day, neither thinking about it, or naming the right as such. We rent or own our apartments or houses, shop in person or online, use cash machines, make doctor’s or dentist’s appointments, enjoy (most of the time, at least) our family arrangements with…