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Advocacy for Guardian Training Requirements Results in AB 786

Shortly before January 30th, the Wisconsin Assembly Judiciary Committee brought together and held a hearing for Assembly Bill 786. This Assembly Bill explores the requirements within the state for someone to take care of or manage the care of a disabled person. Currently, there are minimal requirements.

Ideally, Assembly Bill 786 would initiate a guardian training requirement. The requirements would not be extensive or unattainable. It would establish a model or very basic, noncorporate, requirement for training that volunteers and established guardians would need before taking on decision making for the disabled person. The goal of this training requirement would be to reduce the conflicts between guardians and the person in need of help. It should also establish a basic expectation for care and provide further information on abuse, neglect, and promoting positive communication with wards.

Disability Rights Wisconsin spoke at the public meeting, expanding on the benefits of taking on AB 786 as parents of disabled children, or in the care of disabled, elderly parents would be able to access this information through multiple channels. Through doctors, hospitals, and even local schools, a person could come across the information and take action.

The overall goals of AB 786 include restricting guardianship, avoiding or reducing the need for complete guardianship, and protecting the wards involved. Things such as limited power of attorney, limited guardianship, and limited decision-making power start with programs that train the guardian on what is or is not appropriate.

Often times, disabled people can, and should, make many medical decisions, decisions on where to live, or even education or work. However, when there is a guardian who overrules those decisions, there is no one for the disabled community to turn to. With proper guardianship training, the goal is to cultivate independence in the disabled community ultimately.

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