In addition to the guardianship alternatives for adult children with disabilities recently discussed in this blog, there is one further concept that may eventually become a legal alternative in the future (to be determined) – that concept is supported decision making, a guardianship avoidance option that has been successfully used in British Columbia for many years. In supported decision-making, the traditional notion of incapacity as a barrier to a person making their own decisions is set aside in favor of a model that allows the disabled person to make decisions, despite the presence or appearance of incapacity, with the assistance of others, thereby maximizing the person’s right of self-determination. This approach is not without risk, and is more people-centric than legal-centric, although in the British Colombia model there are legal safeguards.
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