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Date(s) - 12/11/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Presented by Jonathan Martinis, Senior Director for Law and Policy for the Burton Blatt Institute @Syracuse University

This session will introduce you to the theory and practice of Supported Decision-Making (SDM). When people with disabilities use SDM, they work with friends, family, and professionals so they can understand their choices and make their own decisions. As a result, SDM can help people be self-determined, have better life outcomes, and avoid unnecessary guardianship.

Who should attend this webinar:

— Anyone interested in guardianship alternatives
— Parents, advocates, friends and siblings of persons with IDD
— Teachers, transition coordinators and anyone working with individuals with IDD
— Attorneys and those working in legal and benefits settings
— Self-Advocates

More about the speaker . . . At the Burton Blatt Institute and advocacy work, Martinis is leading efforts to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities have access to the services and supports they need to lead independent, inclusive lives. In 2013, Jonathan represented Margaret “Jenny” Hatch in the “Justice for Jenny” case – the first trial to hold that a person has the right to use Supported Decision-Making to make her own life choices instead of being subjected to a permanent, plenary guardianship. Since then, Jonathan has led and taken part in SDM research projects in New York, California, Virginia, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. He has also educated and trained thousands of older adults, people with disabilities, families, and professionals across the country on SDM theory and practice. Martinis recently co-wrote and published the book Supported Decision-Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All, available on Amazon.
This webinar is a collaboration with the Southern Illinois Transition Project in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives (IAMC) and The Star Raft Project.