Redesigning Guardianship: How Universal Redesign Concepts Can Impact a Redesign of the Guardianship Process in Minnesota

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Redesigning Guardianship: How Universal Redesign Concepts Can Impact a Redesign of the Guardianship Process in Minnesota

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2020-05-19

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Service providers and policymakers in the field of disability are faced with a difficult balance of protecting individuals but also allowing individuals self-determination. Particularly, the Fourth Judicial District Probate Court of Minnesota is forced to engage in this balance when reviewing cases of guardianship for people with disabilities. However, the process to guardianship hosted by the Probate Court is difficult for people with disabilities to fully participate in due to barriers in accessibility and equity. Many people with disabilities are often automatically considered for guardianship, even when there are less-restrictive alternatives available to them. This paper examines the guardianship process through the lens of Universal Design to improve access and participation for all people of all abilities, cultural backgrounds, ages, and gender identities. To do so, it provides an overview to the guardianship process in Minnesota, explores the problem space in the Fourth Judicial District Probate Court (specifically processes and physical buildings), and provides a proposed plan for redesign of the Probate Court.

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Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy degree.

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Sanders, Megan. (2020). Redesigning Guardianship: How Universal Redesign Concepts Can Impact a Redesign of the Guardianship Process in Minnesota. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/216488.

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