Loud and Clear: A Special Needs Conversation

Guardianship Varies by State

by Shirley B. Whitenack Regardless of the severity of an individual’s cognitive impairment, that individual is presumed to be a competent adult at the age of 18. If the person will be unable to make important choices, the naming of one or more guardians should be considered. A guardian is a court appointee who is […]

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Posted: October 19th, 2011 | 2 Comments »

The Education Power of Attorney: Empowering Students with Disabilities

by Barbara Hughes When individuals with disabilities reach the age of 18, they are legally considered to be adults and in charge of their own education decisions. At this point, some will need to have parents or another adult appointed as guardian, to handle all or most of the decision-making. On the other hand, high-functioning […]

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Posted: October 5th, 2011 | No Comments »