Inclusion Illuminated: Youth Voice, Youth Choice

Why are alternatives to guardianship important?

Youth with disabilities should be the drivers of their own lives. Offering alternatives to guardianship gives youth more information to make informed choices and decisions about their post-high school futures. In many cases, guardianship is still the default option that schools and others present to students and families during the transition planning process, which can take away self-determination and thus be harmful to youth with disabilities.

CYVYC has two overarching goals:

1) To support states to promote alternatives to guardianship, so that fewer youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) have legal guardians

What does CYVYC do?

· We share stories. CYVYC works with youth with IDD, families, and supporters from a variety of backgrounds. This includes teachers, lawyers, medical professionals, and policy-makers. We share stories and information from many different people with disabilities and people who work with youth seeking alternatives to guardianship. Read stories from youth who chose supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship.

How can I learn more about CYVYC and alternatives to guardianship?

Visit the Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice website to learn more!

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Community Inclusion

Community Inclusion


The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, health care and community activities.