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Join us and disabilities legal expert Jonathan Martinis for four events focused on supported decision-making.

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Education, Employment, and Independent Living | A Series on Supported Decision-Making with Jonathan Martinis

SST Region 11 is excited to host Jonathan Martinis, Senior Director for Law and Policy for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, for four, 1.5-hour virtual speaking engagements focused on education, employment, and independent living for people with disabilities.

This series includes 4 sessions on 4 different dates. You will be able to register for all sessions from this page.

Anyone in the state of Ohio can attend. This special event will be recorded. Registered attendees will be sent a free copy of "Supported Decision Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!"

The event link will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

Session 1 | Oct. 6: Supported Decision-Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All

  • 6:00-7:30 pm | For All Attendees

Session 2 | Oct. 27: Special Education & Vocational Rehabilitation

  • 2:00-3:30 pm | For teachers, administrators, and educators
  • 6:00-7:30 pm | For parents, families, and guardians

Session 3 | Nov. 10 Health Care and Life Planning

  • 2:00-3:30 pm | For teachers, administrators, and educators
  • 6:00-7:30 pm | For parents, families, and guardians

Session 4 | Dec. 1: Bringing it All Together: The Culture of Coordinated Support Model

  • 6:00-7:30 pm | For All Attendees

Session 1 | Supported Decision-Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All

Session 1 will introduce you to the theory and practice of Supported Decision-Making (SDM). When people with disabilities use SDM, they work with friends, family, and professionals so they can understand their choices and make their own decisions. As a result, SDM can help people be self-determined, have better life outcomes, and avoid unnecessary guardianship.

Session 2 | Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation

This session will discuss strategies for maximizing the supports and services available under Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. We will focus on best practices in areas designed to empower and enable students to have successful transitions to adulthood, including the Student-Led IEP, Transition Planning, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and effective Individualized Plan for Employment services.

Session 3 | Health Care and Life Planning

This session will examine strategies for maximizing independent living supports and services designed to ensure an effective transition to adulthood. We will focus on best practices in areas including Informed Consent, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment, Person-Centered Planning, Centers for Independent Living, benefits management, and ABLE Accounts.

Session 4 | Bringing it All Together: The Culture of Coordinated Support Model

Too often, services for people with disabilities are siloed agencies, organizations, and providers that focus only on what they do and do not communicate or collaborate with others providing similar supports. As a result, people with disabilities can receive ineffective, redundant, or even contradictory advice and support. This session will demonstrate ways to create and implement effective and efficient support plans and services. Using the Culture of Coordinated Support Model, people can improve their services and ensure that providers work together, allowing them to specialize in the areas where they perform best - so people and providers can do better work in less time, with less effort and waste of resources.

Questions? Email Kathy Reedy at kathleen.reedy@escco.org


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About Jon Martinis

Jonathan Martinis is the Senior Director for Law and Policy for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, leading its efforts to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities have access to the services and supports they need to lead independent, inclusive lives.

In 2013, Jonathan represented Margaret “Jenny” Hatch in the “Justice for Jenny” case – the first trial to hold that a person has the right to use Supported Decision-Making to make her own life choices instead of being subjected to a permanent, plenary guardianship.

Since then, Jonathan has worked with tens of thousands of people, families, and professionals across the country on ways to increase education, employment, and independent living outcomes for people with disabilities.

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