Guardianships for AAC Users?

July 16 UPDATE: By popular demand, we will continue this important discussion on August 19, 2021 from 12-1:30 pm PT / 3-4:30 pm ET. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4416264723757/WN_MoipQkmsSNiby-NBS-PJdQ 

Flyer with the text: "Guardianships for AAC Users? Part 2: Continuing the Conversation By Population Demand!" and "August 19, 2021, 12-1:30 PT / 3-4:30 ET" and round images of the smiling faces of Tim Jin (an Asian appearing man), John McCarty (a white appearing man), Dana Lloyd (a black appearing woman), Joan McCarty (a white appearing woman), Bob Williams (a white appearing man), Clarissa Kripke (a white or mixed race appearing woman). and Morgan Whitlatch (a white appearing woman), with the CommunicationFIRST logo and tagline: Because communication is a human right at the bottom.

The discussants will include:

TIM JIN, CommunicationFIRST Board member & California-based AAC user

DANA LLOYD, Program Director, Georgia Advocacy Office

JOHN MCCARTY, the first AAC user in the United States to have successfully terminated a guardianship (via recorded video from Georgia)

JOAN MCCARTY, mother & former guardian of John McCarty

MORGAN WHITLATCH, JD, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities & Lead Project Director, National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

BOB WILLIAMS, Policy Director, CommunciationFIRST

CLARISSA KRIPKE, MD, Vice Chair, CommunicationFIRST Board of Directors & Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco

ASL and live-captioning will be provided. Please submit additional accommodation requests to info@communicationfirst.org.


Guardianships for AAC Users? July 13, 2021 3-4:30 ET CommunicationFIRST with headshots of Tim Jin (an Asian American appearing man with a shaved head), John McCarty (a white appearing man with short brown hair), Dana Lloyd (and African American appearing woman with black hair), Joan McCarty (a white appearing woman with short brown curly hair), and Morgan Whitlatch (a white appearing woman with long red curly hair)

July 14 UPDATE:  Access the post-discussion resource handout here.

Guardianships and conservatorships are legal tools that are frequently used in the name of protecting people who cannot rely on speech to be heard and understood. Britney Spears’ recent advocacy to end her conservatorship has brought to the public’s attention the downsides of conservatorships and guardianships. But parents of people who cannot speak are regularly told guardianship is necessary. Is it? Are there benefits to guardianships for AAC users? What are the harms? What are the alternatives?

On July 13, 2021, from 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern US time, CommunicationFIRST will host a 90-minute Zoom discussion with a group of AAC users, family members, and advocates discussing these important questions. The discussants will include:

TIM JIN, CommunicationFIRST Board member & California-based AAC user

DANA LLOYD, Program Director, Georgia Advocacy Office

JOHN MCCARTY, the first AAC user in the United States to have successfully terminated a guardianship (via recorded video from Georgia)

JOAN MCCARTY, mother & former guardian of John McCarty

MORGAN WHITLATCH, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities & Lead Project Director, National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

We will be providing ASL and real-time captioning, and the Zoom Q&A function will be available. If you need any other accommodation, please let us know by sending an email to info@communicationfirst.org by 4 pm ET on July 12, 2021.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ko-Xy_IaTTKIc-MLIFV2iA