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Supported Decision-Making

Facilitated by:

Robin Shaffert and Kerry Mahoney

Thank you for your interest in joining a Special Interest Group (SIG).

SIG Description

A place for chapter executives and staff to learn more about the evolving concept of supported decision-making and how it can be used to promote the independence of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group may also discuss and learn about issues related to guardianship reform.

SIG Facilitators

  1. Robin Shaffert

    Senior Executive Officer, Individual & Family Support, The Arc, Washington, DC

    Before joining The Arc, Robin was the Policy Director for the Caring Across Generations campaign, which is a coalition of over 200 diverse organizations committed to reforming long term services and supports for seniors and people with disabilities. Robin also served as Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), where she led AAPD’s participation with Workforce Flexibility 2010 and the Campaign for Disability Employment.

  2. Kerry Mahoney

    Director of Outreach and Education, The Arc of Massachusetts

    With more than 30 years of experience, Kerry has developed and managed a variety of supports, services and resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

    Kerry has served in our field in several ways including directing residential programs for adults, working in a special needs classroom and coordinating a national transition best practices project funded through The Arc and The Wal-Mart Foundation. As a director of two major family support centers, Kerry managed contracts with state agencies, supervised staff and expanded services through the provision of Personal Care Assistance and Adult Family Care programs. From these experiences, Kerry has developed a broad knowledge base of the state, federal and private resources that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.