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The role of speech-language pathology in supporting legal capacity

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posted on 01.01.2019, 00:00 authored by Joanne WatsonJoanne Watson
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, specifically Article 12, has instigated a paradigm shift in the way people with intellectual and cognitive disability are viewed in terms of their right to autonomy. Despite the legislative strength of this paradigm shift, people with severe intellectual and cognitive disability are routinely placed under guardianship orders. Supported decision-making is emerging as a
viable alternative to guardianship for many people with cognitive disability; however, there remains a lack of focus on the practice for people with the most severe intellectual or cognitive disability. Speech-language pathologists have specialised skills and knowledge in communication and human interaction, both central elements of
supported decision-making practice. These skills and knowledge make speech-language pathologists ideally placed to facilitate practice in this area.

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Journal

Journal of clinical practice in speech language pathology

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pagination

25 - 28

Publisher

Speech Pathology Australia

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

2208-7168

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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