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July 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Alternatives to Guardianship

Presented by:
Elysia Mancini Duerr, J.D.
Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Pennsylvania

July 1, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Presenting via DRP’s online Zoom account to a live audience
This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required for Zoom access

Guardianship is sometimes thought to be the only solution for families helping someone who has a disability, even though it may unnecessarily limit the individual’s decision-making ability. Sometimes people are told—even by doctors or teachers—that guardianship is necessary for individuals with disabilities once they reach adulthood (18 in Pennsylvania). While this advice may be well-meaning, it is not well-founded.

Under Pennsylvania law, there are several alternatives to guardianship that afford viable decision-making options that can often solve many issues that individuals and their families face throughout their lifetime. These alternatives are also less cumbersome, have substantially lower emotional and financial costs, and preserve more of the rights of the person with the disability than a court-ordered guardianship. This presentation will educate families about these alternatives and how they work in practice. 

At the completion of this session, learners will be able to list alternatives to guardianship of the person and the estate and explain the benefits these alternatives afford people with disabilities.

Elysia Mancini Duerr is a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Pennsylvania. As counsel for alleged incapacitated persons, she defends their rights to autonomy and to less restrictive alternatives than guardianship. Elysia also provides technical assistance and training to attorneys, guardians, and healthcare professionals on less restrictive alternatives to guardianship. Elysia is a graduate of Temple University, both for undergraduate school and law school. Elysia looks forward to the day when all disabilities are not only de-stigmatized but embraced.


July 1
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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