Education and Training

Quality Trust provides education and training programs, ranging from hour-long overviews to multi-day courses, on issues involving capacity, choice, and decision making in a multitude of areas, throughout life.

We have taught and trained people with disabilities, advocates, attorneys, families, educators, guardians, practitioners and other professionals in Supported Decision-Making and other Alternatives to Guardianship, Life Coaching, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Medicaid Services.

Supported Decision-Making Three Part Webinar Series

The Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP) established by Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, who represented Jenny at her trial, hosted a three part webinar series in collaboration with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and Autistic Self Advocacy Network to increase awareness and understanding of SDM and the implications for policy and practice at a community, state, and national level.

More information and archives

Lessons Learned from the Canadian Experience: Supported Decision-Making Models 
Introduction to Supported Decision-Making 
Supported Decision-Making: The Next Level of Policy Development

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.

Inclusive Schools capstone PosterRecent Presentations:

  • “Building Capacity for Exercising Choice: A Supported Decision-Making Approach”
  • “Coaching Through the Changes: The Quality Trust Life Coaching Model”
  • “Developments in Special Education Transition Planning”
  • “Person-Centered Planning and Supported Decision-Making”
  • “What Happens When My Child Turns 18?:  Decision-Making Supports in DC”

View a sample training program on Supported Decision-Making

We have also created a series of brochures to give people information about their rights in areas including Supported Decision-Making, Special Education, Transportation, Housing, Vocational Rehabilitation and Medicaid. 

Samples of our publications

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