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This department contains products demonstrating positive ways that allies of persons with developmental disabilities are supporting the self-advocacy movement.

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Managed by: Janet Hunt (janetehunt@gmail.com)

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (10 Products)
Electronic Media (3 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (4 Products)
Other (2 Products)
People Who Can Help (3 Products)

Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
Advice for Advisors: People First
Written by People First of Canada, this is a handbook for those who act as advisors to self-advocacy groups. Explains what self-advocacy is, how to make it work, the People First movement, empowerment, and qualities of a good advisor.
Advising through self-determination- An Information guide for advisors
This guide has advice and practical ideas for those who support self-advocacy groups. It is helpful to both new and seasoned advisors.
Advising Through Self-Determination: An Information Guide for Advisors
This guide was written to help train people to be advisors to people with disabilities.
In Our Words ....
This report is from Vermont self-advocates. They suggest training priorities for new DSPs.
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.
People First President & Advisor Training Manual
This manual describes what People First groups are and what they do. It provides advice on starting a new group, and how to operate a strong group.
Quality in Practice: Advocacy
This fact sheet has suggestions on how organizations can establish an advocacy-oriented perspective.
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.
Self-Advocates Bill of Rights
These are 26 rights that all self-advocates have.
The Teacher's Gift: Using your Core Gift to Inspire and Heal
This book explains how gifts and wounds both help and hinder people's ability to help others. It includes interviews with helpers and their wisdom about gifts and helping.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Allies in Self-Advocacy
This website has lots of resources for self advocates, and self-advocacy groups.
Include Me!
This online slideshow has ideas about how to include self-advocates in conferences.
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.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
All About Groups
This booklet explains what self-advocacy groups do. You can download a copy for free.
Disability Rights California
An organization in California that advocates for people with disabilities. They seek to help Californians with disabilities move from institutions to the community.
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.
People First of West Virginia
This is a statewide organization led by self-advocates. Their website has a lot of resources that work for all self-advocacy groups.
David Schwartzkopf: Turning Liabilities into Assets
David is a motivational speaker who speaks personally about overcoming disadvantages and exceeding expectations. He is legally blind and has cerebral palsy.
Janet E Hunt Consulting
Ms. Hunt is a consultant who provides creative approaches to challenging situations. Consulting services include short and long-term projects and activities to accomplish the goals of non-profit organizations. She is an expert on self-advocacy.
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...
Ruthie Beckwith
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Microboards Association, Inc. a statewide non-governmental organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities self-manage their services and supports. Prior to developing ...
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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