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Mom Autism Money

Nov 30, 2021

Today, we sit down with Sam Crane, the legal director of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, to discuss guardianship and its superior alternative: supported decision making. Sam takes us way back to Ancient Rome to the roots of guardianship, all the way through present day cases like Britney Spears and Nichelle Nichols. Guardianship is often for life, and often results in someone outside of your family ultimately making decisions for your child, whatever you initial intentions may have been. It can affect your child's long-term job prospects, or even end with them institutionalized. You'll want to listen to this episode and check out the resources suggested by Sam to take the better path of supported decision making.

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