Supported Decision-Making Project – Austin Community College STEPS Program (College Students with Disabilities) with Texas Law INCLUDE Project
Students will assist participants in Austin Community College’s Skills, Training and Education for Personal Success (STEPS) Program and their families (or other caregivers/supporters) in learning about guardianship and alternatives to guardianship, with an emphasis on Supported Decision-Making (SDM) agreements. Students will provide direct counseling on alternatives to guardianship and will lead SDM role-playing exercises. SDM agreements and other alternatives to guardianship allow individuals with disabilities to maintain maximum control over their lives and avoid unnecessary and costly probate proceedings.
INCLUDE Project, Mithoff Pro Bono Program
The INCLUDE Project enables students to provide free legal services to persons with disabilities and their families. Through INCLUDE, law students have counseled hundreds of families on guardianship alternatives since the 2015 passage of the Texas Supported Decision Making Act, a law that is the first of its kind nationally and that incorporates certain protections afforded by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Texas Law. INCLUDE is an internal project of the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program.