VKC welcomes disability rights advocate Martinis as Jan. 18 MLK Lecturer

By: Elizabeth Turner

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The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) will welcome noted disability public policy advocate Jonathan Martinis, J.D., to speak on “Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices” as their Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Kennedy Center Lecturer. The lecture will take place Thursday, Jan. 18, at 4:10 p.m. in Room 241 of the VKC/One Magnolia Circle Building.

This presentation will introduce the theory and practice of Supported Decision-Making (SDM), where older adults and people with disabilities work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to understand the situations and choices they face, so they may make their own decisions. SDM is associated with increased self-determination, or life control, which has been linked with improved life outcomes. Thus, SDM may help medical professionals improve patient communication, collaboration, health and wellbeing across the life course. SDM also applies to other life areas, e.g., living arrangements, financial matters, and lifestyles.

Jonathan Martinis is the senior director for Law and Policy at The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. He is a nationally recognized disability legal and policy advocate. For over 20 years, he has represented and advocated for people with disabilities to ensure that they receive the services and supports they need and want to live full, meaningful, and community integrated lives.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the VKC Events Calendar or contact kc@vanderbilt.edu.

Last Updated: 1/15/2018 3:20:15 PM

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