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GMSA is a strong organization because it is run by and for self-advocates. We have created resources and training materials that should only be presented by people with developmental disabilities. We encourage staff, teachers, parents, and allies to support self-advocates in teaching this material. However, our resources and trainings cannot be presented or used without self-advocates leading the way. If you have questions, contact us! We are happy to help you learn how to support people with developmental disabilities to use these resources.

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A Plain Language Guide About Ableism & Violence

GMSA teamed up with partners to make a booklet about ableism and violence. We wrote it for people with disabilities to understand ableism. Ableism may be a new word to many people. Often we hear people use academic words to…

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Information for STUDENTS and FAMILIES About Alternatives To Guardianship For Education Decisions

After a student turns 18, who gets to make decisions about their education? When a student turns 18 they get to make their own decisions. This includes school decisions. But, sometimes a student with a disability has difficulty making decisions.…

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Information for People with Disabilities and Their Families About Using Alternatives To Guardianship For Financial Decisions

After a person turns 18, who gets to make decisions about how they spend and save money? When a person turns 18, they get to make their own decisions about their money. But, sometimes a person with a disability has…

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What is Person Centered Planning?

Person-centered planning helps people talk about their dreams and goals. It helps you think about what a good life means for you. Here are resources from training facilitated by Ruthie Beckwith from Tennessee in collaboration with Green Mountain Self-Advocates. Part…

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Información sobre la vacuna para COVID-19 en lenguaje sencillo

¿Qué es una vacuna? ¿Qué debe saber sobre la vacuna para COVID-19? Haga clic aquí para obtener el folleto. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre COVID-19 en español. Many thanks to Juliana Huerena and George Garcia from Southwest…

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A Tool to Help Your Group Be More Culturally Competent

Disability groups need to welcome and include all people. This is a tool to help your group be more culturally competent. Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of skills. These skills help your group work effectively with people from any…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language

This 4-page booklet was created by and for people with intellectual disabilities. It is written in plain language. It includes basic information people need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine. This booklet was created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates in partnership…

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What the Words Mean – A Basic List of LGBTQ Words

Word cloud of LGBTQ words. The biggest word reads "ALLY".

This resource is a handout. It is a list of words used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities. There is a description for each term written in plain language.

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Una Guía de autodefensa contra COVID-19

El coronavirus o COVID-19 cambiará nuestras vidas en muchos aspectos por un tiempo. A partir del 9 de marzo de 2020, Green Mountain Self-Advocates ha coorganizado 3 reuniones de zoom por semana para y por personas con discapacidades intelectuales y…

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COVID-19 Plain Language Guidance for Employees with Developmental Disabilities

OSHA means the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This government office makes rules to keep people safe and healthy at work. OSHA has rules that will protect workers from COVID-19. This booklet uses plain language to describe many of those…

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