LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Judge Frances Doherty and the Second Judicial District Court, with the support of the State Bar of Nevada, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, are sponsoring a statewide outreach event on November 28, 2017 in Las Vegas.
Nationally recognized speaker, Jonathan Martinis, Esq., Senior Director of Law and Policy at the Burton Blatt Institute, will keynote the event, which includes a panel of disability and legal professionals from a variety of fields.
Mr. Martinis works nationally and internationally to ensure people with disabilities and older adults have access to the supports they want and need to live full, independent, and inclusive lives.
He has spoken to thousands of individuals, families, and professionals about everyone’s right to make choices and direct their own lives.
Judge Doherty explained: “It is important for Nevadans to have a substantive conversation about supported decision-making so that those of us who may be disabled or aged, has the possibility of leading an independent life, with the support of loved ones or advocates.”
The event on November 28, 2017 is the culmination of a yearlong grant awarded to the Second Judicial District Court in December 2016 to research and educate communities on Supported Decision-Making.
Supported Decision-Making is an innovative approach through which some people with disabilities and older adults use trusted friends, family, and professionals to help them understand choices in their lives in a way that allows them to make their own decisions without the need for a guardianship.
This program is made possible by a grant from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making and the Administration of Community Living of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.