The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC)* strongly believes that numerous legal options and tools already exist in Florida law to assist persons with disabilities to live and work as independently as possible within their communities.

Registration for all workshops are now closed

To fully support people to lead the lives they are entitled to live, the Council recognizes the need to raise awareness of ways to develop abilities among persons with disabilities who are under guardian advocacy or guardianship and have had some or all of their civil rights removed.


The Council is sponsoring free workshops to help individuals with disabilities develop abilities in the area of civil rights and to inform persons under guardianship of the process for restoring rights. These workshops are also designed for family members and caregivers who support people with disabilities in becoming more involved in decision-making.

Separate workshops are being held for guardianship professionals (attorneys, judges, physician evaluators, guardians and others working with persons with disabilities) that will cover the topics of
· Comparison of guardianship and guardian advocacy for persons with disabilities
· Florida’s Restoration of Rights Process and Restoration Case Law
· General Barriers to Restoration
· Alternatives and Strategies to Avoid, Limit or Replace Plenary Guardianships
· Best Practices for Attorneys, Judges, Guardians, and Physician Evaluators

Workshop locations: Tallahassee, West Palm Beach and Tampa, Florida

Individual and Families Workshop Printable Registration Form
Continuing Education Credit for Individual and Family Workshops: Professional guardians and Examining Committee Members 8 hours approved by SPGO. In-Service Credit, 8 hours approved by Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
·For Online registration click here.

Legal Workshop Printable Registration Form
Legal Worshops: Professional Guardians and Examining Committee Members, 8 hours approved by SPGO. Florida Bar CLE, General 6.5, Ethics 2, Elder Law 6.5.

·For Online registration click here.

Limited Travel Financial Assistance is available for Individuals and Families Workshop participants.

You can also fax registration forms to 850-922-2986 or email registration forms to: helpis@capacityrestoration.org.

*Note: The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council is a not-for-profit organization that receives federal assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of FDDC is to assure that individuals with disabilities and their families have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.