Disability Rights NC Special Education Perspective

Student with disabilities — Parents need to think twice before seeking guardianship when the student turns 18

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Corye Dunn is the director of public policy at Disability Rights North Carolina.

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  • Stephen Schofield

    Interesting perspective. Guardianship doesn’t end at 18. As a parent of two disabled children (autism) one has been deemed to be unable to care for herself. Her ability to recognize her responsibility to society is extremely limited and therefore she is in care for her own safety and security. The other child is currently attending university and maintaining a 3.0 level, but is unable to get work. The reason is simple. She isn’t covered by the available support but is also not able to make the connection yet to the real world. I know many like her.

  • Janet Price-Ferrell

    Thanks for this information, too many parents see guardianship as being the parent forever when really the guardian is supposed to help the person make decisions. Too much misinformation out there and the schools are one of the sources.