Law students with petitioning family



Pro bono clinics are held at schools, medical facilities, residential campuses, and education service centers to assist students with disabilities in transition to adulthood, providing counseling on supported decision-making (SDM) and other alternatives to guardianship that foster continued growth and independence.  Law students counsel young adults and their parents under the supervision of pro bono probate and family law attorneys. Community partners include the Austin Independent School District, People’s Community Clinic, the Texas School for the Deaf, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin and the Regional Educational Service Center 1 in Edinburg, Texas.

Additional work includes a study of the implementation of SDM in Texas, authorized by the Texas Legislature in 2015 under the first statute of its kind in the U.S. The project team consults with attorneys, advocates, and researchers across the country, including Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute on a study of the role of SDM on individual well-being.

Focus Area: Disability Rights