MACSP is partnering with the
Burton Blatt Institute for a
2 Part Webinar Series on
September 16th and 17th, 2019
Jonathan Martinis, Esq. and
Lydia Dawson, Esq., presenters
Part I: Introduction to Supported-Decision-Making in Maine
September 16th, 1pm-3pm
This webinar will provide a basic overview of the tenets of Supported Decision-Making and guardianship within the Maine Probate Code. Using the “Justice for Jenny” case as an example, participants will learn about how Supported Decision-Making can empower people to make their own decisions and direct their own lives with the help they need and want to do so.
Note: This is a repeat of the materials presented at the June 2019 SDM conference.
Part II: Supported Decision-Making in Maine –
Theory to Practice
September 17th, 1pm-3pm
This webinar will focus on using Supported Decision-Making in healthcare and finances. Participants will learn about how formal and informal supports can be utilized to make healthcare and financial decisions effective and accessible.
Cost Per Webinar:
$25 MACSP Members, Self-Advocates, and Family Members
$45 Non-MACSP Members
Lydia Dawson, Esq., currently serves as MACSP's Executive Director Lydia obtained her Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law with a focus in public interest and access issues, which ensure support for Mainers with disabilities. She has served as a speaker and trainer both statewide and nationally on topics which include disability rights, due process, and guardianship and guardianship alternatives.
Jonathan Martinis, Esq., is the Senior Director for Law and Policy for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, leading its efforts to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities have access to the services and supports they need to lead independent, inclusive lives. In 2013, Jonathan represented Margaret “Jenny” Hatch in the “Justice for Jenny” case – the first trial to hold that a person has the right to use Supported Decision-Making to make her own life choices instead of being subjected to a permanent, plenary guardianship. Since then, Jonathan has spoken to and trained thousands of older adults, people with disabilities, families, and professionals across the country about everyone’s Right to Make Choices and direct their own lives.