Media Coverage

Explore media coverage on Supported Decision-Making (SDM), SDM4FL, our coalition members, and our efforts to pass an SDM Law in Florida.

A man with autism lost his right to vote or buy a home. He’s fighting to reclaim them

Miami Herald, August 27, 2020 

Read about how our coalition member, Tyler Borjas, fought to get his rights back.

 

Front page story of the Miami Herald. The headline reads, "'I want to make my own decisions.' Autistic man fights to regain rights." The story includes an image of Tyler Borjas wearing a white panama hat and a floral shirt.

Autism resulted in his rights being stripped away. He just won them back.

Miami Herald, November 11, 2020 

Read about how our coalition member, Tyler Borjas, had his rights restored using Supported Decision-Making.

 

Front page image of the Miami Herald on November 11, 2020. The headline is "Man with autism takes rare route to get his rights back." A picture of Tyler Borjas and his mother Kelly Bain hugging. Kelly is holding their dog, a cream colored chihuahua named Tito.

The Family Cafe Disability Hour Podcast, March 8, 2021 

Listen to our SDM4FL Co-Chairs and Disability Rights Florida's Director of Public Policy speak about the Supported Decision-Making Bill.

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MTV News, September 30, 2021

Not Just Britney: Conservatorships & Disability Rights | MTV Impact

Our Co-Chair Michael Lincoln-McCreight was interviewed in a piece about the need for guardianship reform. Watch him at 4:03.

CBS12, September 29, 2021

I-Team: Task force recommends changes to Florida's guardianship system

The Guardianship Improvement Task Force, on which our Co-Chairs serve, recommended that the Florida Legislature enact Supported Decision-Making.

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WPTV News Channel 5, March 25, 2021

Port St. Lucie man becomes champion for disability rights after winning landmark case

Watch our Co-Chairs speak about the bill. Learn how Mike's story motivated him to lead this coalition.

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You First Podcast, March 15, 2021

Listen to our SDM4FL Co-Chairs  speak about the Supported Decision-Making (SDM) Bill. Self-Advocate Tyler Burns joins them to share how he uses SDM.

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El Sentinel Orlando, April 16, 2021

Luchan para que la “toma de decisiones con apoyo” sea una alternativa a la ley de tutelaje en Florida

Read about how our coalition member Sofia Causa uses Supported Decision-Making.

 

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Vice, July 8, 2021

The Horror of an Unwanted Conservatorship, According to People Who Lived It

Read about our Co-Chair Michael Lincoln-McCreight's journey from being under guardianship to Co-Chairing SDM4FL and advocating for an SDM Law for Florida. 

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Tallahassee Democrat, July 15, 2021

What happened to Britney Spears also happened to me - in Florida | Opinion

Read an op-ed written by our co-chairs Viviana Bonilla López and Michael Lincoln-McCreight discussing #FreeBritney and the need for a Supported Decision-Making Law in Florida.

 

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CBS 12 News, August 25, 2021

I-Team: Getting out of guardianship, one former ward's story

Our Co-Chair Michael Lincoln-McCreight was interviewed by CBS 12 News on how he used SDM to get out of his guardianship and our coalition's efforts to pass an SDM bill. 

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BuzzFeed News, September 17, 2021

BEYOND BRITNEY: ABUSE, EXPLOITATION, AND DEATH INSIDE AMERICA’S GUARDIANSHIP INDUSTRY

Our Co-Chair spoke to Buzzfeed News. “People with disabilities in our society are treated as if they were children, sometimes as if they were villains, when really they are just people,” the disability rights lawyer Viviana Bonilla López said. “We all deserve to decide what happens with our own lives and our own bodies. That’s fundamental.” 

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Tampa Bay Times, August 26, 2021

A Brandon woman, 92, fought her guardianship. Things escalated quickly.

“It’s troubling to me how easy it is to [put someone under guardianship],” said our Co-Chair Viviana Bonilla López in an article about a woman fighting against a guardianship. 

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BuzzFeed News, September 20, 2021

“MY HUMAN RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED”: FIGHTING A FAMILY CONSERVATORSHIP

Our Co-Chair spoke to BuzzFeed News about how guardianships are imposed even when family members do not understand its implications. “Years later they regret it,” said attorney Viviana Bonilla López, who recalled a 10-minute hearing granting a parent guardianship over an adult son. Afterward, the parent asked an attorney when they could register the son to vote, not understanding that he had just lost that right. 

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Teen Vogue, June 25, 2021

Britney Spears's Conservatorship Is a Disability Rights Issue That Deserves More Attention

Our coalition member Haley Moss wrote an Op-Ed for Teen Vogue on the dangers of guardianship and the need for alternatives like SDM. "Everyone should be able to control who has a say in their life, and to make decisions on their own terms. To free Britney is to free all of us."

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NBC, September 29, 2021

Britney Spears court hearing is a major victory in the battle for disability rights

Our coalition member Haley Moss wrote an op-ed discussing Britney Spears's latest court victory and the importance of Supported Decision-Making. 

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