Autism NOW Webinar: Health Care Decision-Making
Health Care Decision-Making
The registration for this webinar is closed, and it is now only available on-demand.
Time: Tuesday July 29, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST
Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Too often, people with I/DD are denied health care or forced into guardianship arrangements as a result of their need for decision-making support in health care contexts. Some doctors may not respect decisions that people with I/DD make for themselves based on the assumption that people with I/DD cannot provide “informed consent” to medical treatments ranging from medication to surgery. Other doctors may not want discuss health care with the people who support individuals with I/DD.
This webinar will discuss strategies to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the support they need in order to make their own health care decisions. These strategies may include informal support arrangements, health care proxies or health care powers of attorney, and promoting legal recognition of supported health care decision-making agreements. This webinar will also cover ASAN’s model legislation on supported health care decision-making agreements, developed in collaboration with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and how this legislation can help promote autonomy for people with I/DD in health care contexts.