Monday, October 28, 2013

Prevailing In A Guardianship Battle

So many parents struggle with what is the right thing to do when it comes to filing for guardianship of their adult(s) living with developmental challenges. 

In a Disability Scoop post by MICHELLE DIAMENT she writes about a young woman with Down syndrome, Margaret “Jenny” Hatch, 29, who won the legal right earlier this year to make choices about where she lives and works. Her mother had sought guardianship and wanted Hatch to continue living in a group home where her decision-making abilities were limited.

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Now, Hatch is the public face for a new effort known as “The Jenny Hatch Project” that will share resources and knowledge gained from her case and promote alternatives to traditional guardianship for other people with disabilities.

“There are lots of people out there with disabilities like Jenny who have people around them who don’t listen to them and, even worse, they take legal steps to limit their choices,” said Tina Campanella, CEO of Quality Trust, a Washington, D.C. advocacy group that assisted Hatch with her case and is behind the new initiative.

“What the project will do is share stories and resources to help people to work with people with disabilities to make decisions so they can control their own lives,” Campanella said.

“They took away my computer, my cell phone,” Hatch said of her old life. “I didn’t like the way they treated me. They treated me like a child, but I’m an adult.” 

I personally think, as with anything in life, you have to have a good balance. No matter what the out come, should you file for guardianship or not, the bottom line is quality of life, and treating others, (our Adult Children) with respect, responsibility and validation that they matter and so do 'THEIR' decisions on choices in life. Wouldn't you want the same for yourself? To read the full article visit Disability Scoop.