SWBOCES SEPTA Workshop This Thursday

Learn about Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making for Children with Special Needs

The Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education PTA is offering a workshop Thursday on guardianship and supported decision-making for children with special needs. Lawrence Faulkner, general counsel at the Arc of Westchester, and Nancy Succoso, an advocate, educator and administrator for the organization, will lead the sessions.

Attendees will learn about legal and ethical challenges with 17A guardianship petition and other alternatives, including health-care proxy, power of attorney, use of trusts, and family health-care decision statutes. While legal guardianship is a viable option for some, there are other options that are less restrictive and empower individuals to make decisions with the support of trusted individuals in their lives. Mr. Faulkner and Ms. Succoso will talk about a continuum of supports, from less restrictive to greater levels of assistance based on personal needs. 

The Arc of Westchester is partnering with Hunter College/City University of New York on a five-year project on supported decision-making. The initiative is funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

All are welcome to attend the workshop at the Rye Lake Campus, 1606 Old Orchard St., White Plains. There are two sessions: 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.