"I realized something was fishy the way the GAL spoke about my intellectually disabled daughter's opinions, using words my daughter could not have used. For 2 years, I felt like there was nothing I could do. Once I applied the principles of the ADA, my GAL never showed up to court again and formally withdrew from the case."
Show up to court clear headed - instead of experiencing paralysis, fumbling through your papers and being too overwhelmed to speak up and set the record straight.
Be empowered with knowledge about Informed Consent, patient's rights, HIPAA, and standing up to coercion, WHETHER OR NOT YOU SUFFER FROM A CONDITION.
Demand accommodations for your children who are disabled - and learn who can best advocate for your children in court (this may surprise you).