Supported Decision Making, a Merakey Allegheny Valley School Initiative
Supported Decision Making is a flexible alternative to guardianship which provides a process that recognizes people with disabilities as persons before the law, providing a pathway to exercise legal capacity by focusing on developing supports to enable autonomous decision-making. (The Council on Quality and Leadership, 2017)

This interactive day will provide options to consider before seeking guardianship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Desiree Loucks Baer will provide information that demonstrates how Supported Decision Making may be used to help people with IDD in exercising their civil and legal rights and utilize chosen supports in making decisions about their lives.
PRESENTER: Desiree Loucks Baer
Assistant Executive Director, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
details: This will be an excellent session for many audiences including providers, family members, and people with IDD. Professionals who work with transition age youth and those who work with the legal system to help others obtain guardianship can benefit as well.
Thursday,  April 18, 2019 | Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(parking available)
TIME: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Lunch is included | COST: FREE for participants from southwestern PA 
$10/per person for participants from 
outside the region
RSVP: RSVP by April 10 to Kelly Gremba at
412-299-2231 or Space is limited.
The program innovation and transformation project has been made possible by a grant to Merakey AVS from Polk Foundation.

Copyright © 2019 Merakey Allegheny Valley School. All Rights Reserved.