ERIC Number: ED252015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-28
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of New Hampshire Guardianship Law on Other Disciplines.
The effects of New Hampshire's guardianship law on other disciplines in dealings with disabled persons are examined. Transdisciplinary efforts to promote more normalizing methods of protection are noted, and the bias underlying many service systems (that disabled persons do not have a right to make wrong choices) is exposed. A multi-layered advocacy system is proposed, which spread across case management, physician, lawyer, service specialists, friends, educators, and therapists, promotes the rights of the impaired through shared perceptions and involvement. It offers protection, without stultifying growth. Among impacts noted are trends toward changing the requirements for annual bureaucratic physicals, increased cooperation among team members, increased emphasis by psychologists on functional abilities, and changes in attitudes toward risk taking and pursuit of less restrictive options. Recommendations address such areas as statewide training and dissipation of the myth that the severely impaired need total guardianship. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Guardianship; New Hampshire
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (108th, Minneapolis, MN, May 27-31, 1984).