Decisionmaking at 18 in the IEP Process

In most states, students become responsible for making their own educational decisions when they turn 18, even if they have a disability and an IEP. This session will help students, their families, and educators understand what options are available when there are concerns about the student’s ability to understand the special education process and their educational rights. After this session, participants will be able to:

a) Describe the guardianship process.

b) Identify at least 3 reasons not to pursue guardianship of an adult with a disability.

c) Understand how powers of attorney and supported decision-making are less restrictive alternatives to pursuing guardianship.

Mary Nell Clark, Bob Fleischner