July 14, 2016
When my mom died when I was just 15 years old, my mom was everything to me. I’m the youngest of five. My mom made it her mission to make sure that if anything ever happened to her, I would be taken care of.
Rhonda is the oldest, older than me. Mom wanted to find a lawyer but wound up finding two. I didn’t know this information until I went to a conference to get information about how to get my guardianship restored. That’s when I learned I had two lawyers: Deborah Greenblatt and Sheila Benninger. Deborah Greenblatt made it her mission to have my guardianship restored back to me in 2002. If it hadn’t been for her, I would never have gotten my guardianship.
Till this day I still talk about how I got my guardianship. I always get questions from parents that want their child to have their own guardianship and from adults who have guardians, but want their guardianship restored.
But what makes me the proudest is when I know Deborah Greenblatt gave me my confidence to tell other people about guardianship.
Project STIR Trainer in Self-Advocacy
CIDD – UNC