“Every time we shine a little bit of light, things get easier for everyone after that. Britney’s not just shining a light, she’s a huge spotlight,” says Martinis. “So maybe just maybe the conversation changes a little bit and the culture changes a little bit. And we say before guardianship, what else can we do?” “It’s a cultural failure,” says Jonathan Martinis, senior director for law and policy at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute and a leading expert on alternatives to conservatorship.
#FreeBritney Today a national group of Disability Justice and Supported Decision-Making Advocates, including the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, released a statement on Britney Spears. Britney Spears’ testimony about her experience under conservatorship shined a spotlight on the problems of guardianship systems and their damaging impact on people’s lives. Ms. Spears is not alone in her experience. We have fought for years for less-restrictive options that allow people to maintain their rights, dignity, and independence.
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Source: Washington Post
- Jonathan Martinis on Boston Public Radio | July 20, 2021
Jonathan Martinis explained the history and laws behind conservatorships, calling for states to adopt laws on supported decision-making (SDM). Martinis is Senior Director for Law and Policy with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.
- “How Britney Spears’ Case Could Change the Future of Conservatorship”
- Statement from National group of Disability Justice and Supported Decision-Making Advocates, including the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
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