National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


The End of Guardianship?:
Supported Decisionmaking as an Alternative

Robert D. Fleischner, J.D.


Encouraged by the UN's Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, many nations are reforming their guardianship laws to eliminate the use of substituted decision making systems for most people with disabilities. Instead, governments are establishing practices which empower and assist people who might otherwise have guardians to make their own choices and then to respect their decisions. Although the systems and processes vary, they are generally known as "supported decision making." This workshop will explore several international supported decision making models and, although the U.S. lags behind many other nations, will describe promising efforts here to reform guardianship by eliminating it.  


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Robert D. Fleischner, J.D.


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