Turning 18: What Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Should Know

In these videos, self-advocates Lisa, Sam, Kamisha, Wayne and Shameka talk about research findings from the Guardianship Alternatives and Transfer-of-Rights project. They explain transfer-of-rights, transition planning, and turning 18. They also talk about alternatives to guardianship and what self-advocacy and decision-making means to them.

How We Listen to People who use Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)


The Georgia State Team trains CYVYC staff on using AAC.

Parent Webinar Series 2023


The Four-Part Parent Series is intended for parents of youth and young adults with IDD who are interested in gathering information about the range of options for providing decision-making support. The series will review the facts and myths about these options, discuss ways to maximize youth decision-making and self-determination, and emphasize strategies and action steps for parents and youth. Stories from youth with IDD and their parents will serve as real world examples of how these options can be used. It’s never too early or too late to learn about alternatives!

Youth Ambassador Showcases

Youth Ambassadors are young people with disabilities who can teach their peers about supports they need to make decisions. They completed a 13-week training about their rights and how to make decisions for themselves. Each Youth Ambassador completed a project at the end of their training. These videos highlight projects by Youth Ambassadors from Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

Perspectives about guardianship and alternatives from the bench

Kristin Booth Glen is a retired University Professor and Dean Emerita at CUNY School of Law. In 2012, she retired as Surrogate Judge of New York County, where she had jurisdiction over guardianships of persons with intellectual disabilities and wrote several groundbreaking decisions in that area. She has written and lectured widely on the human right of legal capacity and supported decision-making, serves on the Advisory Boards of the National Center on Supported Decision-Making and the Center for Public Representation/Nonotuck Supported Decision-Making Pilot Project, the New York State Bar Association Disability Rights Committee, was a Commissioner on the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights, served as an ABA observer to the Uniform Law Commissioners’ revision of the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Procedures Act (UGPPA), and as an expert at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.