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Webinar: eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

Thursday - October 16, 2014 at 2:00 - 3:00 (Eastern Time), BBI Chairman, Dr. Peter Blanck, will discuss and answer questions about his new book entitled “eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Workshop on the new National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium Disability Rights in the 21st Century: Creative Solutions for Achieving the Right to Live in the World
Tina Campanella, Jonathan Martinis, Jenny Hatch, and Peter Blanck present a workshop on the new National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making funded by the Administration on Community Living (ACL) at the 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium: The ADA at Fifty: The Future of Disability Law and the Right to Live in the World.

Supported Decision-Making Three Part Webinar Series

In the summer of 2013, a young woman named Jenny Hatch won a landmark legal battle protecting her right to make her own life decisions using supported decision-making instead of being subjected to guardianship. Nationwide, people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities continue to be placed under guardianship, losing their rights to make basic, fundamental decisions like where to live, what to do and who to see. Supported decision-making (SDM) is an effective, less restrictive alternative to guardianship that uses trusted friends, family members and advocates to give people with disabilities the help they need and want to understand the situations they face and the choices they must make, so they can make their own decisions. SDM shows great promise for increasing self-determination and improving quality of life outcomes.

Hear Jenny Hatch and Jonathan Martinis talk about "Justice for Jenny" 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

2014 theme keynote speakers Jenny Hatch and Jonathan Martinis will talk about the landmark case in which Ms. Hatch won the right to make her own decisions through supported decision-making rather than being forced into a guardianship that she did not want and that would make all decisions for her.

The 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will consist of plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates who will discuss topics such as: disability discrimination in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, next steps inOlmstead litigation, rights of parents with disabilities, supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship, and how to work with the media to get the disability rights message across.

Supported Decision-Making: An Agenda for Action

Supported Decision Making Report from 2013 Symposium Available for Download
February 19, 2014
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, the Council on Quality and Leadership and the Burton Blatt Institute sponsored a symposium on Best Practices in Supported Decision-Making in October 2013. A report from their work at the symposium is now available for download.

Invitational Symposium on Best Practices in Decision Making Support

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, the Council on Quality and Leadership and the Burton Blatt Institute are sponsoring a one-day invitational symposium on Best Practices in Supported Decision-Making.