Supported Decision-Making-An Alternative to Guardianship

By Sammi Nuss (Co-Chair KASA) with a little help from one of my strongest supporters, my Mom, Ruth Nuss (Board President of PATH/FVCT)
Supported Decision-Making (SDM) agreements are something I am very excited about because they are a less restrictive alternative to Guardianship for people with disabilities who are able to make decisions for themselves, with guidance and help from people that they trust and have chosen as their supporters. Lots of people with disabilities need Guardianship because they are not able to make their own decisions and have limited life skills. There are also a lot of people (young, adult and elderly too) that CAN make decisions with just a little support, some of these currently have Guardianship, maybe because they don’t know there is an option and could be independent with an SDM.
Let me tell you my story:
When I was in my senior year of high school, I was nervous about graduating because I did not know what was going to happen after I left there. Our school had advised my Mom to apply for guardianship because they were worried about me and worried that my Mom would not be able to help me once I was an adult and had left school and I am sure they didn’t know there were other options.

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KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) is a national, grassroots project created by young people with disabilities for young people with disabilities. CT KASA is open to anyone with a disability ages 13 to 26.

What CT KASA Can Do for YOU?

CT KASA participants learn how to advocate for themselves and take control over their own lives. CT KASA helps this happen by teaching young people about their rights and how to change the systems that affect their lives.

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KASA Kickoff Meeting!

Join us for the KASA (Kids As Self-Advocates) kickoff meeting. The meeting is open to young adults ages 13-26 and their parents. A light lunch will be served.

 

The KASA (Kids As Self-Advocates) program models leadership and the power of self-advocacy. KASA active in our schools, communities, families and places of employment, and PATH is very exciting to be bringing KASA back to Connecticut. We share our message with other youth who have disabilities or chronic health conditions, as well as with our friends and peers.

Our activities will include:

  • Representing the voice of youth living with disabilities and chronic health conditions by speaking to policy makers at public events and hearings
  • Educating our communities, including students, teachers and administrators at our schools; medical students and physicians; and federally funded cafe and agencies and state programs
  • Serving as advisors to the over 40,000 members of Family Voices across the country and organizations and agencies interested in promoting youth involvement and leadership

Join CT KASA!

 
KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) is a national, grassroots project created by young people with disabilities for young people with disabilities. CT KASA is open to anyone with a disability ages 13 to 26.

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