CANCELLED! Engaging Families, Schools & Community Agencies in Supported Decision Making & Student Self-Advocacy

Supported Decision-Making to Direct Informed Life Decisions


State Support Team 1 is pleased to sponsor three March 2020 presentations by attorney and disability advocate Jonathan Martinis, Esq., J.D. Jonathan will present a full-day session in two regional locations as well as an evening session for parents and families.

Jonathan gained national and international attention when he represented Jenny Hatch in the “Justice for Jenny” case about the rights of transition-age youth and young adults to use Supported Decision-Making to direct informed life decisions.


March 2020 Presentations

March 25 (Toledo) | March 26 (Findlay)

During the full-day presentation, Jonathan will help participants achieve a greater understanding of supported decision making processes for students with disabilities. He will address postsecondary independence beyond guardianship and explain how students with disabilities can have equitable postsecondary outcomes regarding competitive integrated employment, further education and training, and independent living.

A full-day presentation will take place in two regional locations: March 25 at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West in Toledo, Ohio, and March 26 at the Findlay Inn and Conference Center in Findlay, Ohio. The presentations take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at each location.


March 25, 2020 | Evening Session for Parents (Perrysburg)

Jonathan will speak to parents and families about supporting informed choice for maximum student independence through supported decision making for students with disabilities as they prepare to exit school services. Jonathan’s presentation will include information about guardianship, and self-advocacy, and how each tie into the postsecondary transition process. The evening parent session will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 25, at BGSU at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Jonathan Martinis, Esq., J.D.


The following bio is reprinted from the Burton Blatt Institute website:


Jonathan Martinis, Esq., J.D., has joined the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University as Senior Director for Law and Policy. Mr. Martinis has over 20 years’ experience representing and advocating for people with disabilities to ensure that they receive the services and supports they need and want to live full, meaningful, and community integrated lives.


BBI Chairman and University Professor Peter Blanck notes that “Martinis has devoted his career to representing people across the spectrum of disabilities, and their families and supporters, to protect their human and legal civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other civil rights laws.” He served as lead counsel in Brinn v. Tidewater Transportation District Commission, the first case to hold that people with disabilities have a right to paratransit transportation on a next-day basis and he was lead counsel in Winborne v. Virginia Lottery, in which the court held that the Lottery must ensure that all private businesses selling Lottery tickets are accessible to people with disabilities.


In 2013, Martinis represented Jenny Hatch in the nationally acclaimed “Justice for Jenny” case, helping Ms. Hatch secure her right to live where and how she wants, to make her own decisions, and direct her own life. Jenny’s case was the first trial to hold that a person with disabilities has a right to engage in “Supported-Decision Making,” where people work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand the situations and choices they face, so they may make their own decisions—rather than be subjected to a unnecessary permanent, plenary or full guardianship. The “Justice for Jenny” decision is hailed nationally and internationally for the principle that “an individual’s right to choose how to live and the government’s progress in providing the help needed to integrate even those with the most profound need’s into the community” is a right guaranteed under law.


Since the Hatch legal decision, Jonathan has presented to and trained thousands of individuals, families, advocates, attorney, professionals, and service providers about everyone’s Right to Make Choices and direct their own lives, while receiving the services and supports they need to do so. He currently serves as the co-Project Director of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, led by the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities.


Martinis will be based at BBI’s Washington DC office, and he will lead BBI’s national and international efforts to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities receive appropriate supports and services, including Supported Decision-Making, to lead inclusive, independent, and self-determined lives.

For More Information

  • Jonathan’s books, Supported Decision-Making: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All! by Jonathan Martinis and Peter Blanck and Supported Decision-Making: Theory, Research, and Practice to Enhance Self-Determination and Quality of Life with Peter Blanck, Karrie A. Shogren, and Michael L. Wehmeyer, are available from Amazon.
  • Jonathan Martinis’ blog: National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
  • Theresa Vargas. (2019, October 12).“Her case opened the way for people with disabilities to reclaim their freedom. Now, her words open a book that could help countless more.” Washington Post. Retrieved October 25, 2019 from
  • The Jenny Hatch Justice Project, a an integrated, multi-faceted resource and outreach center dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities to make their own choices and determine their own path and direction in life.

Maps & Directions


BGSU at Levis Commons

Bowling Green State University at Levis Commons is located at 1655 N. Wilkinson Way in Perrysburg, Ohio. A map of this location is embedded below and available online.




Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West

The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West is located at 2275 Collingwood Boulevard in Toledo, Ohio. A map with directions to this location is embedded below and available online.




Findlay Inn & Conference Center

The Findlay Inn and Conference Center is located at 200 East Main Cross Street in Findlay, Ohio. A map of this location is embedded below and available online.


Registration Options


Participants can register for all presentations through the Ohio Department of Education’s OH|ID Portal* or State Support Team 1 online registration form.