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If the protected person would benefit from education or training to carry out the activities of daily living or to get a job or to enrich his or her life, you should take advantage of general education, vocation, rehabilitation and other programs available in the protected person's residential facility or in the larger community.

Even if education or training has no immediate practical application, the process and act of learning will keep the protected person involved and help maximize his or her capabilities. Education can enrich anyone's life. Discuss with the protected person whether s/he wants to take advantage of educational opportunities and what s/he can afford. Many communities offer adult education classes, and some of those may specialize in adults with developmental disabilities and other incapacities.



A protected person's incapacity does not necessarily mean that s/he cannot continue to enjoy the activities that she has always enjoyed. Doing things that s/he enjoys and is capable of doing also is a way to help maximize the protected person's capabilities. Become familiar with the services offered in your community and take advantage them. Some services are free or have a reduced fee; others you must pay for.



A determination that a person is incapacitated and needs a guardian or conservator does not necessarily deprive the protected person of the privilege of working. For many of us, the work we do is a defining feature of our lives. And many adults with incapacities that require a guardian or a conservator continue working for many years. Work that a person wants to do provides a rewarding sense of accomplishment. Discuss with the protected person whether s/he wants to take advantage of work opportunities for which s/he is qualified.