There is much to learn about decision-making options and protections for a child who has a developmental and/or intellectual disability when they are approaching the transition age of young adulthood or turning 18. The concept and the process of guardianship can be emotional and daunting. Julie O’Brien, MEd, LMHC, a family support clinician at the Lurie Center for Autism at MGfC and Mass General, offers information and guidance about alternative protections; what guardianship is; the different types and paths to guardianship in Massachusetts; and how to prepare. O’Brien also shares resource materials and referrals to legal experts in special needs in Massachusetts.

Please note this program is not intended to be legal advice or council. It is strictly for informational and coaching purposes only.

This program is a collaboration between the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center and Mass General for Children.

Rev. 11/2022. Mass General for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital do not endorse any of the brands listed on this handout. This video is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treat any medical conditions.