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Legal protection

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA is the most fundamental law protecting the civil rights of people with all types of disabilities, including those with autism. The ADA provides civil rights protections to people with autism similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with autism in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally signed into law in 1975, provides students with disabilities the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). It does not mandate the best possible educational program for each student, but it requires educators to assess each student individually – based on their unique needs and behaviors, not labels.

States must meet IDEA’s minimum requirements to receive federal funding. Some states provide more than IDEA requires, but none may fail to meet IDEA’s national standard.

GUARDIANSHIP

When an autistic child is approaching the age of majority, guardianship may be mentioned as an option to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child. Should parents obtain guardianship and/or conservatorship if an adult child with autism spectrum disorder seems incapable of looking after themselves and making decisions about important matters like financial affairs? Full adult guardianship is not something courts regard lightly, it essentially means the person under guardianship—the ward—is stripped of many, in some cases most, of their legal rights to act independently.

Should a parent be appointed as the autistic child’s guardian, they may be exercising most of the ward’s personal rights. The court could terminate your child’s right to vote, make decisions about where they want to live, and limit their right to consent to medical care. While courts make every effort to ensure guardians act in their wards’ best interest, and encourage wards to participate in decision making, full guardianship is a drastic measure that will take away many of your child’s rights.

Click the button below to view resources and law firms located in the Tampa/Hillsborough County area.

or Learn How to Complete Your Guardianship Process Yourself.

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