Partners for Planning - Alternatives to Guardianship - June 19
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There has been an increase in discussion around parents and caregivers seeking guardianship for their adult child with a developmental disability. This webcast will help families understand the implications of guardianship and how it is usually unnecessary. It will also delve into decision making alternatives in Ontario and different ways to think about a person’s rights and ability to make their own decisions.

This webcast will:
•    Help people and families better understand where guardianship would be necessary and where it probably isn’t
•    Explain decision-making alternatives in Ontario
•    Provide alternative ways of thinking about a person’s ability and right to make their own decision
•    Explain the drawbacks to guardianship

A live Q&A will follow the webcast.  The webcast will be recorded and made available following the live event for one month.  

Karen is the Executive Director of Microboards Ontario. She has over twenty years’ experience in progressive positions in the developmental services sector, almost all of it at Community Living Toronto. She has an extensive background in communications, government relations, and strategic and operational planning. She has worked at both local and provincial levels, chairing committees on communications and marketing across the developmental services sector and supporting one-voice advocacy initiatives. Karen is also chair of the Provincial Network’s DS Workforce Initiative’s Communications Task Group.

Stephanie Dickson is a Partner at PooranLaw.  Her practice includes Wills, Trusts, Estates, Consent, Capacity and Legal Decision-Making, and Social Benefits.  Stephanie manages the firm’s Windsor & London offices, as well as their pro bono program, I Decide. Prior to joining PooranLaw, Stephanie worked as a staff lawyer in community legal clinics in London and Windsor.