Supported Decision-Making is a series of relationships, practices, arrangements, and agreements designed to assist an individual with a disability to make and communicate to others decisions about their life. It is a tool that allows people with disabilities to retain their decision-making capacity by choosing supports to help them make choices. Supported Decision-Making will look different for everyone. It means finding supports to help a person with a disability understand, make, and communicate their own choices. In some states, the disabled person can execute a legally binding Supported Decision-Making agreement which identifies their method of decision-making. This document can help doctors, bankers, lawyers, and other third parties to understand and accept the decision of the person with a disability. Advocates for Supported Decision-Making often feel that it is an alternative to guardianship, and that full guardianship and conservatorship should only be a last resort.
The UMKC Institute for Human Development is hosting a symposium on Supported Decision-Making. Click the link below for details!
For more information on Supported Decision-Making, click on the below links.
I recently learned about this amazing non-contact boxing program that is helping to combat Parkinson’s symptoms. Approximately one million Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease a neurodegenerative disorder that robs people of the ability to perform simple activities, like walking, talking, and typing.
Rock Steady Boxing is a high intensity workout that targets areas that Parkinson’s affects, such as balance, big movements and posture. Rock Steady is a national program, and they have classes at North Kansas City Hospital. It costs $35 per month per person. Always make sure to consult with your doctors first before starting any exercise program. You can also register for an assessment to qualify for the class at nkch.org/RockSteady or by calling 816-691-5020.
Check out the videos below to learn about some of the amazing results people fighting Parkinson’s have had after Rock Steady.
To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, check out the Parkinson’s Foundation at the link below.
Boxing program trains patients to beat Parkinson's CBS Sunday Morning:
Rock Steady North Kansas City Hospital:
The answers to commonly asked questions are great examples of what our office does and our procedures. Many of the questions have to do with how our office works with attorneys and working with attorneys in general. I want to address these online because others might have similar questions.
Please contact your State Senator to support Senate Bill 806! SB 806, sponsored by Senator Crawford (R-Dallas), modifies provisions relating to the appointing of a Public Administrator as guardian. SB 806 prioritizes family members as guardians and requires that a Public Administrator receive notification when they are being considered for appointment, along with accompanying exhibits, hearing details and an opportunity to be heard.
SB 806 was unanimously voted out of the Senate Committee on Children and Families last month, and is currently sitting on the Senate Calendar until it is taken up and considered by the entire Senate.
You can find your Senator's contact information on the Senate website by clicking on your Senator - http://www.senate.mo.gov/2018-senator-listing-2/
I recently learned about an amazing organization that supports caregivers of injured veterans. Check out their website below to get connected!
Hearts of Valor supports caregivers by offering free services, including retreats and support groups, to improve the lives of the people who are caring for wounded warriors. To join, a member must meet the following criteria: