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Employment First: Supported Decision-Making

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Employment First: Supported Decision-Making

November 5, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Eastern Standard Time



Supported Decision Making is an alternative to guardianship that supports improved self-determination, quality of life and employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

With the "Justice for Jenny" trial as a case study, participants will learn how Supported Decision-Making can help people with disabilities live more independent, integrated and economically self-sufficient lives. Through audience participation, we will explore practical uses and ways to implement Supported Decision-Making to maximize independence, choice, self-direction and employment potential.


Jonathan G. Martinis, Legal Director for Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Jonathan Martinis is the Legal Director for Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, a private, non-profit organization serving people with disabilities in Washington DC and beyond. For the last 20 years, Jonathan has represented people with disabilities against private organizations and government agencies in actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Medicaid Act and the Constitution of the United States. Most recently, he represented Jenny Hatch in the "Justice for Jenny" case - the first trial to hold that a person with disabilities has a right to use Supported Decision Making to make her own life choices rather than be subjected to a full guardianship.


  • ANCOR & APSE member: $25

  • Non-member: $50

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