Assisted Decision-making Bill Information seminars and Making a Will Workshop

Inclusion Ireland, Leap and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway will hold information seminars for people with an intellectual disability and their families on the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill 2013.

The seminars will take place in Dublin, Cork and Galway in February 2014.

The Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill was finally published in July 2013, and started to make its way through the Oireachtas in December 2013.

When it is passed, this Bill will replace the Lunacy Regulations Act 1871.

It will affect the legal basis for how we decide if someone has the ‘capacity’ to make a decision, and how someone is supported to make a decision if this is deemed necessary. It will also provide a new system to replace the current Wards of Court system.

This issue of determining capacity can affect people with an intellectual disability.

The seminars will inform people of the changes proposed in the new law, and will include time for questions and discussion.

The seminars are limited to 60 people. They are also limited to people with an intellectual disability or their family members. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

There is no charge for the seminar.

Inclusion Ireland is hosting two ‘Making a Will ‘ workshops in February, both in Dublin.

The workshops will cover what the most common areas of concern for parents and family members and the things to consider when drafting a will such as what provisions to make for a son or daughter, issues around guardianship and trust funds.

There is a fee of €5 to attend these workshops and participants will receive an information and resource pack.

To register for all events, or if you have any questions, please or call 01-8559891.