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Join Candy as she hosts Debbie Valdez of San Antonio based G.R.A.D.E (Guardianship Reform Advocates for the Disabled) as she reveals how the Texas Guardianship Program, intended to protect and serve the disabled, quickly became the very tool routinely used to exploit, neglect, and abuse them, removing loving family members from their lives who "knew too much" and began to investigate, violating any semblance of Constitutional Rights we now give lip to service to having. See a network of corrupt guardianship companies, ad litems, nursing homes, doctors, and attorneys PROFIT from the misery of the disabled who are taken hostage by the system and stripped of even their dignity, with less rights than a criminal. Why? Because you need to know! We need reform and the only way it's going to happen is if "WE THE PEOPLE" care enough to take action at the grassroots level, becoming a force to be reckoned with! Then, those without a voice of their own will be HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. Join Us! http://www.elderlawadvocates.org
Candice Schwager joins us today with GRADE leader Debby Valdez to tell the story of Ruby Peterson, a 93-year old woman being held against her will, falsely imprisoned and illegally chemically restrained at Silverado Senior Living, Sugarland Texas. The cause Let Ruby Go is featured on Facebook at Free Ruby from Silverado, http://www.letrubygo.com
Candice Schwager, President of ElderLaw Advocates "Let Go of Ruby!"
Candice is a 15 year civil litigation attorney and serves as President of 2 nonprofits for the disabled, Attorneys for Special Needs Children and ElderLaw Advocates her website is http//www.elderlawadvocates.org. She practices in Houston, Texas. She's an advocate and attorney and has testified before the Texas Senate on special education issues. Her journey began like many before her, when her son's School District denied him a free appropriate public education in services he required as a result of his 31/2 months premature birth at one pound and retaliated against her personally for her advocacy. Candice is a 4 time recipient of awards by the Texas State Bar for outstanding provision of legal services to low income Texans, included in the Texas Bar Pro Bono College. She has also been featured in the Houston Examiner as an inspiring woman.
Join us as we begin our newest Adventure: Guardianship 101 - Everything you've always wanted to know about Guardianship but were afraid to ask! We will begin where it all began in the Legislature, teach you what the Estates Code now provides and Debbie will give us weekly treats - suggestions and concrete plans for reform in the work by Guardianship Reform Advocates for the Disabled and Elderly (G.R.A.D.E). We invite you to call and be part of the journey! Today's show begins where it all began in Texas..Austin and Adult Protective Services. We will provide insight on the "Frankenstein Monster" constructed in 2005 that must be dismantled, as it has quickly
"evolved" into a very dark area of the law, where the elderly and their life savings part ways as they are placed in guardianship and neglected, hastening untimely death. But have no fear, we believe in CHANGE! We could hardly do this unless we did! Adventure is out there!
Please welcome Marcia Southwick of 55,000 member Boomers Against Guardianship Abuse ("BOOMERS") to hear the amazing story of the astronomical growth of this phenominal organization, which is now just about the loudest voice for the elderly and disabled on the map! Marcia's story is truly inspiring and her joie de vive, contagious! God has so blessed ElderLaw Advocates and the Radio Station, bringing us in contact with very strong women and men who are not afraid to stand in the face of tyranny and corruption. As the Silver Tsunami hits with over 78,000,000 additional retirees rolling onto Medicare with the cancer that began with the National Guardianship Association's decision to guardianize the World, Change is HERE! Not a moment too soon. Be encouraged. Thank you to the strong women who are the foundation of BOOMERS, Elders Against Guardianship, NASGA, and G.R.A.D.E. We are honored to know you!
Sherry and I enjoyed this show immensely, as we were educated from a pro Court Room Blogger, Kris Hood, and A+++ Probate & Civil Rights Attorney Phil M. Ross on the ins and outs of recusal and reversing decisions of Texs Probate Judges with respect to Trusts and Guardianship! Mr. Ross is truly gifted and we are so blessed to have been quiet long enough to hear him share his insight and victories with us, giving more families hope that the tide in guardianship has indeed changed and it's time for Families, period. Thank you Debbie Valdez (G.R.A.D.E.), Phil M. Ross, and Kris Hood- for joining us and sharing the story of Mr. Jack Hood, a quite spunky 90 year old Veteran who wasn't going to take this lying down! Go Jack! As a caveat, we acknowlege the many gifted judges of integrity, who inspire us every day to reach higher and work harder and preface this program with the statement that the views of our guests are not necessarily our own. We seek to inform our listeners on what is going on and how to effectively combat it and win! We also hope to motivate any lawyers or other officials on the fence to get off of it and join us!
Debby Salinas Valdez: is a parent of a young adult born with multiple disabilities. She is founder of Texas Adults w/Autism & IDD, a parent and advocacy support group in San Antonio, Texas.
She teaches legislative advocacy to parents and adults with disabilities to advocate for change in their community, or at the state and national level.
She is a member in several other local and state wide organizations and committees focused on supporting persons with disabilities.
As a civil rights activist she primarily remains focused on reforms to the guardianship laws in preserving and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.
Became a member of GRADE- the Guardianship Reform Advocates for the Disabled & Elderly.
Our mission is: When families are torn apart we are the voices of those unseen and unheard. My goal as a member of GRADE was to protect my daughter’s civil, human and Constitutional rights.
I wasn’t aware at the beginning that my efforts would eventually be about my rights as a Baby Boomer where the Guardianship Industry is also gearing up to take over our lives and our assets with little to no accountability, oversight or monitoring. It has been within my experience that those who operate this industry are better protected that those Guardianship was created to protect.
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