Providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
The vast majority of individuals with IDD can manage their own affairs with informal assistance and guidance from family, friends, and others. When necessary, people should be aware of and have access to preferred alternatives. Guardianship, often over-used, is a legal process that is designed to protect individuals who are at risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. However, it is also a process that removes rights and privileges from a person determined to be “incapacitated” under State law. People with IDD can be supported in many ways to make their own decisions without taking away their rights through a guardianship.
The 84th Legislature passed four bills protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the guardianship system. For the first time, the Texas legislature mandated that probate courts consider alternatives to guardianships and supports and services before a guardianship is created.
The Jenny Hatch Justice Project, through advocacy, information, research and education, promote the rights of people with disabilities to make their own choices and determine their paths and directions in life.
Information on legislation and advocacy for alternatives to guardianship can be found on the DRSDM site.