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CACL Policy Position on Legal Capacity

 - June 10, 2014 Equality Rights, CACL Positions

Adults with intellectual disabilities must have their legal capacity – the right to make decisions about their own lives – recognized and supported. Adults with intellectual disabilities have the right to act legally independently and must be provided appropriate accommodation to exercise this right. Where required, adults with intellectual disabilities must be assured access, with appropriate safeguards, to needed supports. These supports must include representatives and support networks – people who are legally recognized to assist a person to make decisions and/or represent them in the decision‐making process, based on their personal relationship, moral and ethical commitment to the individual’s well‐being, and their best understanding of the person’s will and intention.