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Lists products and programs that shows ways people with disabilities can make a positive difference in changing service systems and communities by advocating for themselves as individuals and as members of groups.

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A Consumer's Guide to the Lanterman Act
This book is about a California law that says people with developmental disabilities & their families have a right to services & supports. It is written by, and for self-advocates.
A Guide to Legislative Advocacy for Youth With Disabilities
A guide to help youth with disabilities become stronger advocates. It has information about how to ask for changes in the law.
ADA Quiz Book
This book has a collection of puzzles, questions, quizzes, and case studies on the ADA & accessible information technology
Advocating for Yourself & Others
This fact sheet is about being an advocate for yourself and others. You can download it as a PDF file.
Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum
This book helps people who have autism learn to advocate for themselves.
Boardsmanship
This short booklet helps self-advocates decide whether or not they want to join particular Board or committee. It is written in easy to understand language.
California DDS Consumer Friendly Publications
These publications are easy to read and cover many topics related to self-advocacy and self-determination. Most can be downloaded for free.
Change Your Life With Human Rights
This booklet is about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an important law passed by the United Nations. It has many good ideas for self-advocates.
College Guide for Students with Disabilities
This brochure gives students information about their rights and responsibilities as a college student.
College Success for Students With Learning Disabilities
This books offers tips to help college students with learning disabilities.
Coming Out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence
This book explains the many benefits and risks of telling people you have Asperger Syndrome (AS). There are chapters written by professionals and family members, but most come from people who have AS.
Consent Handbook for Self-Advocates and Support Staff
This workbook for self-advocates and support staff provides tools to understand and implement crticial life decisions.
Dare to Dream for Adults
This workbook helps people with developmental disabilities identify their dreams, desires, and needs in many areas. You can download a copy for free.
Disability Knowledge and Identity Self-Assessment
These five quizzes help people find out what they know about disability history, culture, community, and policy.
Discovering Your Personal Power: A Real Life Curriculum for Self-Advocates
This curriculum helps people learn they have power. It can help them change both their lives and their communities.
Do You Understand Me?
This book is written by an eleven-year-old girl who has autism. She explains the hard parts of her life and what helps.
Facilitated Communication/Case Studies: SEE US SMART!
In this book, a special education teacher shares case studies that show how facilitated communication helped her students.
Facilitation Tips
A booklet with ideas to help people with disabilities take part in meetings.
Fostering Self-Determination
This booklet has many activities to help people build self-determination and self-advocacy skills. It can be downloaded for free as a PDF file.
Friendships, Feelings & Futures: Relating to Myself and Others
This is a sexuality education training guide suitable for people with or without disabilities.
Go for the Gold: Empowerment for Life
This six-part training curriculum is on personal empowerment
Going to the Doctor (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what to expect when visiting the Doctorís office. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Guideposts for Success
This is a downloadable pamphlet about the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities. It encourages everyone to assure youth have access to five important "guidlposts for success."
Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs through the Transition from School to Adult Life Tools for Parents
This book is about helping teens with disabilities prepare to become adults.
Healthy Relationships and Safe Sex: Tips for Self-Advocates
A handbook that helps self-advocates learn how to have healthy relationships and be safe if they are sexually active. It was written by a self-advocate to help others.
How to Be Yourself in a World That's Different
This informative and encouraging book gives highlights and positive aspects of Asperger's Syndrome. It is written to adolescents who have Aspergers and is easy to read.
Impact: Feature Issue on Stories of Advocacy, Stories of Change From People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Allies
This newsletter has eleven stories that show how systems change has come about through advocacy by people with disabilities and their allies. It is available both online and as a print publication.
It's My Choice
This self-guided workbook can help people prepare for their person-centered planning meetings. It is available for free as a PDF download.
Jabbers: Be Healthy, Be Fit
Jabbers are a series of games for self-advocates that can be downloaded for free. This one helps people realize all the ways they can stay healthy and fit.
Jabbers: Dreams N' Goals
Jabbers are a series of games for self-advocates that can be downloaded for free. This one helps people set personal goals and work towards them.
Jabbers: Gifts N' Giving
Jabbers are a series of games for self-advocates that can be downloaded for free. This one helps people realize all the gifts and talents they have to share with others.
Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities
This book has ideas on how to choose the kind of job you want. It also has ideas on how to land a job.
Just Because I Can't Talk, Doesn't Mean I Don't Have Anything to Say
This is a book written by woman using facilitated communication. Her goal was to teach about love.
Large Pepperoni Pizza with an Advisor on the Side: How To Hire, Supervise And Train An Advisor (Revised in 2008 with DVD)
This booklet is about how to hire, train, and supervise an advisor. It is sold with or without a DVD narration and video training.
Living Your Own Life With People You Can Count On
This booklet talks about how support teams can help in supporting self-determination.
Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Doníts Hi-Lo Stories about Real Life
This book has interesting stories that are easy to read.
Making Choices As We Age: A Peer Training Program
A curriculum for training individuals with disabilities and their co-trainers how to teach other adults with developmental disabilities about choice-making, rights and responsibilities.
Man with cerebral palsy helps teach special-ed course
A news story about a man with cerebral palsy who helps new teachers learn about inclusion.
Mental Health Promotion for People with Learning Disabilities
This training helps self-advocates learn how to care for their mental health.
Michelle Finds a Voice (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain the how hard it is to be unable to speak clearly, and what helps. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Mugged (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain how it feels to be robbed, and what helps. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
My Body, My choice
An empowering sexual abuse prevention mini-book for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
My Health, My Decision
This is a training program that teaches self-advocates about making important healthcare decisions. You can download it for free.
My Rights and Responsibilities
This booklet uses plain language and photos to explain the rights that people with disabilities have in all areas of life. It can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Nobody nowhere
This true story is told by a woman with autism who grew up in England.
People with Disabilities Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence
This fact sheet is a list of the rights that people with disabilities have. It was written at the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, California.
Personal Outcome Measures - Outcomes Overview Guide
This easy-to-read book explains CQL's Personal Outcome Measures. It can help self-advocates prepare for reviews.
Planning and Giving a Presentation: A Guide for Self-Advocates
This toolkit (workbook and CD) will help self-advocates speak to groups.
PossAbilities
This is training material to help people of all abilities create relationships and make safe, responsible choices about sexuality. There are both training manuals and PowerPoint slides available for sale.
Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (American Red Cross)
This booklet helps people with disabilities prepare for disasters. You can download it as a PDF.
Pretending to be Normal
The story of a woman with Asperger's Syndrome who learned to embrace her disability with thanksgiving and joy.
Promoting Self-Determination in Students with Developmental Disabilities
This book tells how to teach people with disabilities to have control over their lives.
Quality in Practice: Thinking About Responsibility
This fact sheet helps agencies think about how to best support people in taking on real life responsibilities. It shows how this promotes dignity.
Raising Difficult Issues with your Service Provider
This booklet helps consumers begin dialogue and raise issues with their service provider.
Recommendations for Satisfaction Surveys
This guide gives advice to people creating satisfaction surveys, and to the consumers of disability services who respond. It can be viewed online as a PDF file.
Retarded Isn't Stupid, Mom!
This book tells the true story of a young woman with intellectual disabilities who grew up to be very independent. It was written by her mother who had her doubts at first.
Rights and Safeguards A Guide for Self-Advocates
This booklet lists personal rights and ways to keep safe. It is easy to understand and uses both drawings and words.
S.T.A.R.S.: Skills Training for Assertiveness, Relationship-Building, and Sexual Awareness
A book for teaching youth and adults with disabilities about positive sexual relationships and ways to prevent sexual abuse.
Satisfaction Guide
This guide and DVD helps people with disabilities tell others what is important to them.
Say NO to Abuse. Easy Read Guide
This is a free 'easy to read' guide written for self-advocates. It can help people to learn what abuse is and put the power to say NO into their hands.
Self-advocacy for People with Learning Disabilities
This is an online training program. It is written at a high school reading level.
Self-Advocacy for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making it happen in college and beyond
This book give advice to students, parents and counselors about how to select and gain acceptance to college. It also covers how to succeed once the student is enrolled.
Self-Determination and You
This toolkit (workbook and CD) will help people to take control of their lives.
Social Behavior and Self-Management: 5-Point Scales for Adolescents and Adults
This book helps people who have autism understand their feelings. This can make it easier to be a self-advocate and also to make friends.
Social Literacy: A Social Skills Seminar for Young Adults with ASDs, NLDs, and Social Anxiety
A twelve-week training curriculum to teach adults with disabilities social skills. It includes a book and a CD.
Somebody somewhere: Breaking free from the world of autism
This book tells the true story of Donna Williams life with autism. It is also available as an audio book.
Speakeasy-People with mental handicaps talk about their lives in institutions and in the community
For this book, the author interviewed people with intellectual disabilities who have lived in institutions and in the community. She tells their stories using their own words.
Speaking for a Better Tomorrow, A Guide to Making an Effective Speech
This workbook gives step-by step instructions on how to get ready to give a speech. It also gives ideas about making a speech.
Speaking Up A Plain Text Guide to Advocacy 4-volume set
This four-volume book set is useful for teaching people with disabilities about self-advocacy.
Speaking Up for Myself (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to have a disability, AND be from a minority culture. It also tells about what helps, is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Special Education Transition Planning A Self-Advocacy Fact Sheet from the Minnesota Disability Law Center
This webpage has basic information about how transition planning ought to work as students finish high school and move on.
Support Networks A Guide for Self Advocates
This booklet gives self-advocates ideas on how to build a support nerwork.
Support, Service, and Satisfaction: Resolving Problems with Home Health, Personal Care and/or Homemaker Service Agencies
This brochure explains what to do if you are unhappy with your home care services, or if your rights are being violated. You can download it as a PDF.
Supporting Victims (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain what it is like to be a witness in a court trial. It also tells about what helps, is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Taking Pride In That Which Sets Us Apart
This book encourages people to be proud of their disability. It also reminds all people with disabilties of the need to work together and stick up for each other.
Talk About Sex
This illustrated "minibook" is intended for young people aged 16-24, and covers a wide range of sex and sexuality issues. It is not designed for youth with disabilities but the language is easy to understand. You can download a copy for free.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about disclosing their disability.
The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto: Action to Take, Principles to Live By
This book has lots of advice for people with MS.
The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond
This picture book helps teens and adults practice social skills. It is meant especially for people on the autism spectrum.
Thinking Ahead: My Life at the End
This booklet and video help people with disabilities talk about advance care planning and express their wishes for end of life care. Both are available online for free.
Toolkits for Self-Advocates
These provide practical information to self-advocates and self-advocacy groups.
Understanding Mental Illness
This is a brightly colored, easy-to-read brochure that tells about mental illness.
Voice Your Choice
This is a curriculum designed to teach people with life long disabilities about their rights and self advocacy.
Voting: It's Your Right
A guide about voting rights and the voting process in New Jersey. It is written in clear language for self-advocates, and can be downloaded for free as a PDF file.
WE CAN Stop Abuse: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This eight-session, interactive curriculum teaches sexual abuse prevention skills to people who have developmental disabilities. It includes a DVD.
We Have Human Rights: A human rights handbook for people with developmental disabilities
This is a book about human rights. It tells about some key rights people with disabilities have and how they can work with others to get their rights. You can download it for free as a PDF file.
When You're 18 You Are in Charge of Your Health
This book teaches young people with disabilities how to take care of their health care needs. You can download it for free as a PDF file.
Working Together for Change
This toolkit (workbook and CD) will help self-advocates to work as a team and make a difference.
Youth in Action! Tip Sheets
A series of tip sheets to help youth with disabilities learn and think about important transition issues.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Advocates in Action
This website has a lots of free learning resources to download. It is from Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy organization.
Asperger's Difference DVD: A Film For and About Young People with Asperger's Syndrome
This DVD is about people with Asperger's Syndrome.
AutismAsperger.net
A website that seeks to build awareness of the autism spectrum.
Boyfriend/Girlfriend
This DVD and workbook teaches self-advocates how to start and keep a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.
Brain Injury Dialogues
This film is about the impact that brain injury can have on a person's life. You can watch it online for free.
Breaking Shells
Breaking Shells is a DVD featuring two people with intellectual disabilities. They show others how to speak up for themselves.
Declarations of Independence
This DVD has ten self-advocates who talk about the things that are most important to them.
Disability Knowledge and Identity Self-Assessment
These five quizzes help people find out what they know about disability history, culture, community, and policy.
Dreams
A short film that features children and adults who have Down syndrome talking about their dreams and what they're proud of in their lives. You can watch it on YouTube.
Friendship
This DVD and workbook helps self-advocates learn the difference between types of relationships. It also highlights the importance of having friends.
Hold My Hand
A documentary film about a 20-year-old woman with Down syndrome who faces rejection as she follows her dream to go to college. She becomes a self-advocate in making a complaint to the university.
I Got that Right: Self-advocates speak up about disability rights
This is a VHS-based video about rights
I Know How to Act DVD
This DVD teaches helpful social skills. It is designed for adolescents but may also work with adults.
Information on Disability Disclosure
These web pages have information about when and how a person should tell an employer about their disabilities. There is one web page written to youth with disabilities and another written to professionals.
Intellectual Disability Informational Video Clips
These short video clips explain the definition and causes of intellectual disabilities. One explains basic disability etiquette. All can be viwed online for free.
It's My Future
An iPad app that helps adults with developmental disabilities to become more self-determined. It also helps people take part in their annual planning meetings.
Large Pepperoni Pizza with an Advisor on the Side: How To Hire, Supervise And Train An Advisor (Revised in 2008 with DVD)
This booklet is about how to hire, train, and supervise an advisor. It is sold with or without a DVD narration and video training.
Leadership Through Personal Change: Think- Plan-Do
This website has guides and videos to help people learn self-advocacy skills.
Living a Good Life: Personal Support Networks
These 6 videos show what happens when people with a disability exercise control over their lives. They also show how personal networks help.
Making the Transition from High School to College: Transition Checklist
This checklist shows how students with disabilities must take different steps to get services in college than in high school.
Mental Health Promotion for People with Learning Disabilities
This training helps self-advocates learn how to care for their mental health.
My Life! My Story!
An iPad app to help people with disabilities create their own story. They can use it to tell others about their lives.
My Life, My Choice
This DVD is about seven adults with disabilities who have taken their futures into their own hands.
OASIS @ MAAP Website
A website with resources for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of autism.
Partners in Policy Making Online Courses
This online curriculum teaches self-advocates, families, and DSPs many things to help them be effective advocates for change. Anyone can register and take the courses for free.
Planning for Life: The Role of Direct Support Professionals in Self-Directed Planning
This DVD shows how DSPs can support self-determination and self-direction as they assist people who have disabilities.
PossAbilities
This is training material to help people of all abilities create relationships and make safe, responsible choices about sexuality. There are both training manuals and PowerPoint slides available for sale.
Profiles in Achievement: Amazing People with Learning Differences
This DVD and accompanying materials have stories meant to inspire and encourage those with Learning Differences.
Rights + Responsibilities = Respect DVD A Guide to Understanding My Rights
This DVD teaches people with intellectual disabilities about their rights.
Sam Jenkins Motivates
This short video is about an Arc advocate who is a person with disabilities. He helps others learn to advocate for themselves.
Satisfaction Guide
This guide and DVD helps people with disabilities tell others what is important to them.
Self-Advocacy Bibliography on Web Site of Allen, Shea, and Associates
Self-Advocacy Bibliography
Self-Advocacy Guide
This webpage has some good tips on how to advocate for yourself.
Self-Determination and You
This toolkit (workbook and CD) will help people to take control of their lives.
Sexuality
This DVD and workbook teaches self-advocates about sex and relationships using real life scenarios.
Sexually Speaking
This DVD and workbook helps self-advocates understand what sexual consent means.
Side by Side Learning
Side by Side is a new approach to training that allows direct support staff and the people who receive support to use the time they spend together, to learn together.
Sign Me A Story
This app teaches sign language through story and video. It features children with Down syndrome as the signing demonstrators.
Symbols for Life
Symbols for Life is a USB flash drive which holds over 2500 photos and symbols which you can use to support the meaning of text for people with developmental disabilities. Words on their own can be confusing.
Ten Things to Think About as You Prepare for Your Transition to Adulthood
This web page has helpful information for students with disabilities as they go from high school to college.
The Gillian Film
This is a film about a young woman who has a developmental disability. She works at a local veterinary clinic, rides horses, and takes dance classes. When Gillian decides to move out, her mother must come to terms with letting go.
The Self Coming Alive: Awareness and Communication Training for Staff and Clients
This CD is about training people with dual diagnosis, and the staff who work with them.
Thinking Ahead: My Life at the End
This booklet and video help people with disabilities talk about advance care planning and express their wishes for end of life care. Both are available online for free.
This Is YOUR Right
This DVD depicts a news show anchored by people with disabilities. It presents a thoughtful perspective on living with disability.
Transition, It's a Brave New World
This online article is an interview about the transition to adult life for young people who have disabilities.
Transition: The Missing Pieces
This CD-ROM is about how transition to adulthood can be especially difficult for students who have Asperger's syndrome.
Vision Library for Enhancing Quality of Life
This CD-ROM has many PowerPoint slides. They are about improving quality of life for people with disabilities.
Ways to Make Complex Information Simple
This booklet helps people with disabilities to be prepared and understand what is being said at meetings.
WE CAN Stop Abuse: A Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This eight-session, interactive curriculum teaches sexual abuse prevention skills to people who have developmental disabilities. It includes a DVD.
Whatís Disability to Me?
This short, web-based film is about the everyday life of Bernard. He is a man with a disability who is a leader in his community.
When Billy Broke his Head
This breakthrough film blends humor with politics, and individual experience with a chorus of voices, to explore what it is really like to live with a disability in America...
Words I Wheel By (blog by Emily Ladau)
This blog is written by a woman who uses a wheelchair.
World Institute on Disability
An internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. WIDís programs address employment, economic development and financial stability issues.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
All About Groups
This booklet explains what self-advocacy groups do. You can download a copy for free.
Center for Disability Information and Referral
This Center is a primary source of quality information on disability for residents of Indiana.
Informed Consent for Healthcare
This program helps people in making medical decisions. They share information for self-advocates, family members, support staff, and physicians. Their curricula is available for free download.
Jump Start Self Advocacy, L.L.C.
Jump Start Self Advocacy L.L.C. provides consultation services, staff training, and community education and outreach for self-advocacy groups.
Making Choices As We Age: A Peer Training Program
A curriculum for training individuals with disabilities and their co-trainers how to teach other adults with developmental disabilities about choice-making, rights and responsibilities.
National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth
A Center that provides resources, information and training for youth with disabilities. The Center is led by youth with disabilities.
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities
A council that seeks to increase the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in Oregon. It has some unique publications.
Project STIR
This program provides tools to help everyone understand self-advocacy.
Real Economic Impact (REI) Network
A nation wide initiative to help low-income persons with disabilities with tax preparation and other related strategies.
Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK)
An advocacy group in Kansas made up of adults with developmental disabilities. They help people speak up for themselves to have the highest possible level of independence.
World Institute on Disability
An internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. WIDís programs address employment, economic development and financial stability issues.
Online Forums
Speak Up: Your Guide to Self Advocacy
No one knows you better than yourself. The author gives you ideas on how to speak up for what you need.
Other
DreamQuest Game
DreamQuest: a game to teach the dynamic process of person-centered planning
Jerry Smith
Jerry produces documentary films and training programs in support of people with disabilities and their allies. Please visit our website to view sample movies.
Nerf's Up!
These are instructions for playing an inclusive team-building game that is fun! You do not need to buy anything to play, all you need are lots of Nerf balls.
NICHCY's Fact Sheet on Intellectual Disabilities
This fact sheet explains intellectual disability in a way that is easy to understand.
Partnership Fund
A fund to help self-advocates and family members attend educational events.
Space Race
This game teaches people with disabilities about self-determination.
The Choices Game Staying Safe in Social Situations
This board game teaches youth how to make choices that will keep them safe.
Transition Trek Game
A board game that helps youth and young adults plan for life after high school.
People Who Can Help
Mary Kay Kennedy
Mary Kay Kennedy has been responsible for the development of self-advocacy curricula, innovative outreach approaches, and effective community organizing workshops. She has been successful at helping groups build individual and collective leadership on...
Steve Holmes
I am the director of the Self-Advocacy Associations of New York State, and have been for the last 12 years. I have worked with and for people with developmental disabilities since 1969 when I was an attendant at a state institution--yes it was a horr...


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