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Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities and Supported Decision-making as an Alternative to Guardianship

This is a live interactive webinar. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join the workshop.

Presenters: Mallory Legg, Esq., is a staff attorney who primarily practices special education law at Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a community-based program of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Megan Rusciano, Esq., is a staff attorney who practices in the Developmental Disabilities Unit at Disability Rights Maryland.

CEUs/Category: 3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs

Course Description: The first part of the session will provide an overview of transition planning, including applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The presenters will discuss elements and goals of transition planning, including examples of quality and poor transition planning. They will also provide an overview of transition planning resources, including state and nonprofit resources.

The second part of the session will provide an overview of supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship. Supported decision-making is gaining national and international recognition as a best practice and legal tool that can preserve the civil rights of people with disabilities and eliminate the need for a guardian in certain situations. The presenters will discuss competency and the grounds for pursuing guardianship of the person, and guardianship of the property. They will also discuss other alternatives to guardianship, including advance directives, advance directives for mental health, surrogate decision makers, representative payees, and powers of attorney. Resources and referrals on alternatives to guardianship will be provided.

Instructional Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives: This workshop is designed to help participants:

1.  Discuss laws relevant to transition and elements of effective transition planning.

2.  Explain the recent MSDE technical assistance bulletins developed around transition planning.

3.  Create the transition planning section of an IEP and list resources for transition planning.

4.  Identify resources and referral sources for family and community members regarding guardianship, and recognize when there are issues related to capability.

5.  Select less-restrictive alternatives and provide resources for implementation.

Target Populations:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Clinical and medical staff
  • Direct support professionals
  • Other community service providers
  • Speech/Physical/Occupational therapists
  • Students/trainees

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to social workers and licensed psychologists. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. No conflicts have been identified (this includes commercial support and research grants/funding). The registration fees include: $55 registration fee will be charged for professionals, $15 registration for parents/caregivers/individuals with disabilities, and $10 for students/trainees workshop registrations.

There is no processing fee required for payment by check. Apply promo code "PAYBYCHECK” at checkout. All checks must be received five business days prior to the training.

Make check payable to: Kennedy Krieger Institute (In note section write "MCDD SLS Training")

Mail check to: Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: MCDD Training Program, 7000 Tudsbury Road, Baltimore, MD 21244
Kennedy Krieger Institute Employees:  If your department will be covering the cost of the training, please enter your budget code when prompted. Enter promo code "KKISTAFF" at checkout. Your total will go to $0.00 so that payment can be received via interdepartmental budget transfer.

Cancellation Policy:  Refund requests must be received by e-mail  seven business days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute reserves the right to cancel any of its workshops due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, we will refund the registration fee only and not additional costs associated with attending the workshop. Should you have any questions, call 443-923-5555. 

Tuesday, June 1 at 9:00am to 12:15pm

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Vineet Sidhu

Vineet Sidhu left a positive review 5/31/2021

It was great!

Karen Blanchard

Karen Blanchard left a positive review 5/31/2021

This presentation was so enlightening. I had no idea about several adverse impacts when certain key documents are not in place to support my loved one living with a disability. Unfortunately, I ave been trying for years to secure such documents and still not been able yet.

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