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New AACs Guidebook Explains Informed Consent for People with Disabilities

September 30, 2020

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The foundation of informed consent is the ethical principle that people should have a right to decide what is to be done with their body. The Adult Advocacy Centers today are releasing a new guidebook to assist advocates, providers and medical professionals who work with people with disabilities to better understand this concept and how it applies to the community they serve. The guide was written in partnership with consulting writer Adonna Wilson-Baney, Advocacy and Protective Services Inc. (APSI), the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Forensic Nursing Network (FNN).

The guide includes the following chapters:

  • Introduction
  • What is Informed Consent?
  • Competency vs. Capacity
  • Laws, Rules and Rights in Ohio
  • Implied Consent and When Consent is Not Required
  • Alternative Supports to Obtain Informed Consent
  • Glossary
  • Appendix, including Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code references
  • Forms and Tools
  • Additional Resources

Download the guidebook:

A Guide to Informed Consent for People with Disabilities