Over 50,000 Canadians are currently under guardianship – a system that takes away their power, choice, and control over their own lives. Many more Canadians who rely on decision-making supports and accommodations are vulnerable to losing their equal right to decide because assisted approaches are not supported in law and public policy. This policy brief outlines findings from a 2019 study IRIS conducted on how and why people with developmental disabilities lose the right to make their own decisions. It also offers recommendations about what needs to be done to address this growing problem.
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