An Introduction to The Vulnerable Persons Act

Consultant:  Anne Kresta, M.Sc.

This made in Manitoba legislation affirms the rights of adults with intellectual disabilities to make their own decisions and be masters of their own destinies. The workshop will cover the origins, the five guiding principles of the act, and how those working with and supporting people with intellectual disabilities can better support them as they exercise their rights.

Concepts covered will include decision-making, supported decision-making and substitute decision-making using interactive case studies and group discussions. It will be of particular interest to teachers, educational assistants, parents and self-advocates especially as students with intellectual disabilities transition through middle and high school years and prepare for graduation.

The workshop takes a minimum of 3 h to present given the interactive nature of the material being covered.

Anne Kresta is a parent, advocate, presenter and researcher who contributes to improving inclusive education for all children. She began working in community service and inclusive education in 1998 when it became apparent that two of her three children had neurodevelopmental disorders that affected learning and functioning in a typical classroom setting. Already a proven researcher at the time, she quickly developed skills to advocate for her own children’s schooling. Then, recognizing the broader need and her ability to make a positive difference, she expanded her work into helping other parents, schools and community services to respond more effectively with all persons who require additional supports. From 2009-2014, she worked as Community Living Manitoba’s point person for educational and community initiatives. She has written and presented extensively and has been involved in provincial, national and international initiatives.