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Supported Decision-Making: An Alternative to Guardianship

October 21, 2017 8:00 am until October 21, 2017 12:30 pm
At Starbridge
      1650 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620, USA
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**IMPORTANT: The location of our event has been changed to Starbridge - The Andrew & Helen Pluta Training Center.**

Join us for the final event in our 2017 series — Building A Vibrant Community: A Series on Self-Direction, Inclusion and Belonging

What is Supported Decision-Making?

Supported decision-making is not a strange, new thing, but rather a process by which a person who has an intellectual or developmental disability can be supported in making decisions. People who have intellectual or developmental disabilities have a right to make their own choices and decisions, but may need more or different kinds of support to do so. Supported decision-making draws on our common experience of consulting or seeking assistance from others when we make decisions or choices. This session will discuss the movement of supported decision-making for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and how supported decision-making can be an alternative to guardianship.

Featured Speaker:

Desiree Loucks-Baer, Director of Program and Member Services, NYS Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) 

Registration and Fee

Fee: $59/person

Fee includes continental breakfast and materials

Registration is required by October 18, 2017.

To register online, please please use Register button above. To register and pay by mail, print the event brochure, complete, and mail to Starbridge, attn: Jean Sciacchitano.

A limited number of scholarships are available for people who have disabilities, suspected disabilities, or their family members. Email events@starbridgeinc.org or call (585) 224-7248.

About The Presenter

Desiree Loucks-Baer is the Director of Program and Member Services for the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies. Desiree came to NYSACRA following 28 years working as a provider providing residential and community services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has focused her work on the facilitation of cultural change in the delivery of services to people with intellectual disabilities by supporting a focus on their personal needs, and valued outcomes for integrated opportunities, the development of new leaders and strong teams in a variety of settings, and the promotion of direct of support professionals in role recognition and professional development. In 2015 she joined the faculty for the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and has participated in providing training opportunities to promote a culture of Direct Support Professional recognition and development throughout New York State. Most recently Desiree has been working with CUNY/Hunter College on a DDPC grant developing and piloting a model for Supported Decision-Making for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York State.


To view the Supported Decision-Making brochure, please click here

Presented by Starbridge in collaboration with NYSACRA and the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council


2017 Building A Vibrant Community Series

Dates, Topics & Speakers

  • April 6 ~ Where I Go Is My Decision to Make  ~  Emily Ladau
  • August 17 ~ Belonging Matters—The Keys to Relationships  ~  Al Condeluci, PhD
  • September 27 ~ Show Me the Way Home  ~  Chris Liuzzo, John Maltby, and James Traylor
  • October 21 ~ Supported Decision-Making  ~  Desiree Loucks-Baer

Thank you to our sponsors for underwriting the 2017 Conference Series –



 Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.


 TouchStream Solutions



 Burke Group 

 Cardwell Construction Co.

 Medisked, LLC

 Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP













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