2018 East Texas Transition Conference: Door to the Future

Jeff Miller, Policy Specialist/Attorney for Disability Rights Texas 

Since 2006, Jeff has held various policy related positions at Disability Rights Texas (DRTx). His work includes areas of health care access, community integration, and special education.  He is currently a Policy Specialist focusing on various issues including alternatives to guardianship, voting rights, and special education.  Jeff received his law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law and holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Houston. In addition to his policy work at DRTx, Jeff has also served as Policy Director for the Arc of Texas, managed his own consulting firm, and served as a project director at the Kentucky Developmental Disabilities Council.  

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Supported decision-making is a process of supporting and accommodating an adult with a disability to enable an individual to make life decisions and retain choice and control over their lives. The Texas legislature has adopted several reforms promoting alternatives to guardianship, including a process for supported decision-making. Texas is the first state in the nation to authorize supported decision-making in state law.  
During this session we will review the differences between guardianship and supported decision-making, the research behind and benefits of self-determination and the philosophy of supported decision-making.  We will also review the guardianship reforms enacted by the 84th Texas legislature and explore the supported decision-making process and supported decision-making agreements that can be used to support the independence, self-determination, and self-reliance of an individual with a disability.

Supported Decision Making, A New Alternative to Guardianship

10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.   Breakout Session II

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MONDAY - THURSDAY

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

1020 LOOP 304 EAST
CROCKETT, TEXAS 75835

PHONE  936-544-2811

FAX  936-544-7315

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