Welcome. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, Spina Bifida, and Prader-Willi Syndrome
Chapter 393 Fla. Statutes, allows parents to become a legal guardian advocate for their child with a developmental disability, once the child reaches adulthood. This procedure is simpler than the standard guardian procedure, in that a three person expert panel is not required. Disability is determined by a form signed by the child’s physician. Developmental disability as defined in the statute applies to children who have autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, spina bifida, or Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Most importantly, it is geared to the child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. It fosters independence, at the same time as offering protection. In such a proceeding, a guardian advocate, can assist in making decisions about contracting, managing money, deciding the living environment, making medical decisions and other important legal matters. It means that a parent doesn’t lose all control of safety parameters, just because the child has reached the age of eighteen.
It assures that as the child develops and matures beyond age eighteen, there is flexibility and a safety net in place for legal protection, while still allowing for optimal independence.