Being able to make your own decisions about your own life is one of the most important rights that people have. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have the same right to make decisions about their lives as people without disabilities. However, their ability to make their own decisions is often questioned by teachers, doctors, family members, and others. People with I/DD are at an increased risk of losing their right to make their own decisions by being placed under guardianship, a topic that was recently examined by the National Council on Disability in a groundbreaking report. This session will talk about some of the risks and barriers to people with I/DD making their own decisions, including the school-to-guardianship pipeline, assumptions about a person’s abilities based on their diagnosis, and fear of letting people with I/DD make mistakes. We will also discuss ways that families and professionals can take a more balanced approach to protecting people with I/DD from vulnerability, while also protecting people’s right to make their own decisions.