chart showing alternatives to guardianshipWisconsin has one of the highest rates of guardianship in the country, due in part of people not being aware of less-restrictive alternatives that help older adults and people with disabilities retain their rights.

On Friday September 13th The Arc Wisconsin with our friends at the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resource hosted a ground-breaking training on Supported Decision-Making and other alternatives to guardianship featuring a leader from The Arc community.headshot of leah ortiz

Leah Ortiz from The Arc of Calhoun County, Michigan is a nationally recognized expert on alternatives to guardianship. Leah has trained nearly 600 professionals in her County this year and also speaks directly with families seeking guardianship. Her creative approach and conversations have significantly reduced the number of I/DD guardianships in her part of the state. Check out Leah’s full presentation from the September 13th training here.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s Supported Decision-Making law here.

See other materials from the February 13th training at the BPDD site.