Lessons Learned from the Canadian Experience: Supported Decision-Making Models: Webinar Series 2014

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Supported Decision Making Webinar Series – Part One
The Canadian experience provides useful lessons about the underlying principles, structure, and approach of SDM as an alternative to guardianship and other substituted decision-making methods. For instance, 2005 Yukon legislation gives individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the right to enter into a supported decision-making agreement. In British Columbia, an individual with a disability may enter into a representation agreement with a support network. On March 26, 2014 a panel of experts from Canada will share lessons learned from using SDM to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities make their own decisions and order their own lives to the maximum of their capabilities.

Lessons Learned from the Canadian Experience: Supported Decision-Making Models Presentation
Lessons Learned from the Canadian Experience: Supported Decision-Making Models Handouts
March 26, 2014 Webinar Audio Recording

March 26, 2014 Webinar Transcript

Michael Bach, Lana Kerzner, Peter Park
Reactor: Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Moderator: Tina Campanella, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Michael Bach is Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Community Living, the national Association of over 300 local Associations and 13 Provincial / Territorial Associations working to build a more inclusive Canada for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. He is also Managing Director of IRIS (the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society). For the past twenty- five years he has undertaken research and development in Canada and internationally on ways to advance the full inclusion and human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. His publications cover disability theory, policy and practice in a range of areas including legal capacity, education, employment, and funding and delivery of community-based services. He holds a Ph. D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Lana Kerzner is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada who has devoted her legal career to disability law and policy work. She works, often in collaboration with disability organizations, to advance the rights of people with disabilities through law reform and education. She teaches Disability and the Law at Ryerson University and at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Her work currently focuses on capacity, decision-making and the international law implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and she speaks at conferences, both in Canada and internationally, on the topic. Lana works in private practice and previously worked in Ontario’s Legal Aid Clinic system, both at ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. She obtained her LL.B from the University of Toronto in 1992 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1994. She is also a graduate of the Maytree Public Policy Training Institute.

Peter Park was born in a small town in Ontario, where he lived for the first 20 years of his life. For the next 18 years, he was incarcerated at the Oxford Regional Centre Woodstock, an institution in Ontario. When Peter re-entered the community, he dedicated his life to advocating for people who have been labelled with an intellectual disability. Whether it be at the Supreme Court of Canada, or a small rural setting, Peter continues to advocate and educate on the realities of living in an institution, the barriers he faced, and the violation of rights that occurred while he was there. Peter has delivered presentations in Canada and internationally. He spends much of his time and energy travelling across Canada helping to organize other People First groups and continuing to advocate on behalf of Canadian’s who have been labelled with an intellectual disability. Peter currently lives in the Toronto area with his wife, Rhea, of 24 years.

Hosted by: National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Bach, M., Kerzner, L., Park , P., Crane,S., & Campanella, T. (2014, March 26). Introduction to Supported Decision-Making. In Supported Decision-Making Three Part Webinar Series. Sponsored by Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and and Autistic Self Advocacy Network