|When||11/13/2018, 12:15 pm|
Sponsored by Partners Resource Network with guest speaker Jeff Miller of Disability Rights Texas.
Most people with disabilities can manage their own affairs with assistance and guidance from a person whom they trust and do not need a guardian. There are many alternatives to guardianship that give people with disabilities support to make decisions without taking away their rights. During the 84th Texas Legislative Session in 2015, legislators passed new laws that make Texas the first state to have laws recognizing supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship.
Supported decision-making allows individuals to make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving the help and assistance they need to do so. All people need and use support to make important life decisions. Even if a person with a disability needs extra help to make significant life decisions, their right to make their own choices should not be taken away.
Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers – PATH, PEN and TEAM. Texas PTI’s are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).