Sponsored by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities State of Florida

Guardian Pooled Trust

Office of Public Guardian, Inc.

Statewide Public Guardianship Office



Lighting The Way Project Address
2292 Wednesday St. Suite #1
Tallahassee, FL 32308
1-866-615-0284 x. 107
Fax: 850-922-2986

The Lighting the Way to Guardianship and Other Decision-Making Alternatives project is designed to increase the knowledge of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families about guardianship options in Florida, and to increase the knowledge of attorneys and other professionals about Florida’s disability communities and Florida law pertaining to guardianship and guardianship alternatives.

Lighting the Way was initially funded and work began in October 2008 to accomplish these goals. Learn more about this project by reading the final reports from year 2009 and 2010. The reports are archived and located in the sidebar to the left. A special thank you is given to the organizations that collaborated to make this project a success. Links to these organizations appear on the left sidebar.

In 2011, Lighting the Way is offering six, eight-hour training workshops in three separate locations throughout Florida. The workshops are conducted for two audiences in each location. On Fridays, the participants will consist of attorneys, judges and other professionals. On Saturdays, the participants will consist of self-advocates and family members. 
Training workshops will shine light on:

  • Guardianship
  • Guardian Advocacy
  • Decision-Making Options Other than Guardianship
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Legal Resources

Continuing education credits for the training workshops held on Fridays has been sought for the following disciplines: law, social work, teachers, and professional guardians.  For details, click on link below for Attorneys, Judges, and Other Professionals.

There are no live Lighting the Way Workshops planned for 2012, but please visit this website frequently for information on upcoming online Lighting the Way Training.