Month: May 2023

Introduction to Supported Decision Making Webinar

This webinar will provide the basic information on the Supported Decision Making framework for parents, professionals, and students.

Jonathan Martinis will provide an introduction to Supportive Decision Making. Sign language interpreters will be provided.

Jonathan Martinis, Esq., J.D., is the Senior Director for Law and Policy in the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. He is based at BBI’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the institute’s national and international efforts.

Martinis has over 20 years of experience representing and advocating for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Most notably, in 2013, Martinis represented Jenny Hatch in the nationally acclaimed “Justice for Jenny” case. Martinis helped Ms. Hatch secure her right to live where and how she wants, to make her own decisions, and direct her own life. Jenny’s case was the first trial to hold that a person with disabilities has a right to engage in “Supported-Decision Making,” where people work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand the situations and choices they face, so they may make their own decisions – rather than be subjected to an unnecessary permanent, plenary or full guardianship.

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CT ASPIRING LEADERS ACADEMY 2023-2024 Applications being accepted

The CT State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education and The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) are accepting applications for the academy.

This academy is designed to assist in the preparation of future local special education leaders. The academy will prepare educators interested in special education leadership roles through a competency-based program as illustrated by state and national speakers, learning activities, and a capstone project. Expert and peer mentoring will also be available to participants. There is no cost to join this academy.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application (link below), which requires including a recommendation from your special education director. If you have question, please contact Paula DeMichiel at

The application link