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Webinar #3 Person-Centered Planning Documents in Plain Language May 12, 2023, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Learn how to write and present person-centered planning information in an accessible way. We practiced translating typical planning information into plain language. Our goal is…View Resource
Webinar #2 Plain Language Writing is a Skill. Presented on April 14, 2023, by Green Mountain Self-Advocates. These slides are based on a presentation created by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and used with permission. This webinar explains how to…View Resource
Webinar #1 Basic Principles for Creating Accessible Information Presented on March 24, 2023, by Green Mountain Self-Advocates. These slides are based on a presentation created by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and used with permission. This webinar explains cognitive accessibility…View Resource
Leadership is about what we do. It’s not about the role we are in. For example, our groups have presidents and chairs. Leadership is not about your title but really about what actions you take when you are in that…View Resource
Join Max Barrows and Hasan Ko from Green Mountain Self Advocates as they discuss how state leaders, service providers, and others can help ensure advocates have a seat at the policy table. Max and Hasan share valuable lessons on how…View Resource
Youth Ambassadors are young people with disabilities helping peers get the support they need to make decisions. These choices might be about where to work, how to spend money, or when to go to a doctor. We all need help…View Resource
Isabella (Bella) Carrera-Skorsfad is a Youth Ambassador working with Green Mountain Self-Advocates. Bella completed a class teaching youth about their rights and how to make decisions for themselves. Youth Ambassadors study with The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice a national…View Resource
Hasan Ko is a Youth Ambassador working for Green Mountain Self-Advocates. He is part of a Vermont team teaching people about supported decision making and ways to avoid guardianship. He completed a training program teaching youth about their rights and…View Resource
When a person turns 18 they get to make their own decisions. But, sometimes a person has difficulty making decisions. They may have a hard time saying what they want to do. A family member may want to ask a…View Resource
Legal Clinics For Self-Advocates–A free, private, confidential session with a lawyer. You have a chance to spend 25 minutes with a lawyer to answer questions and get advice about how to address personal concerns about guardians. Vermont’s statewide self-advocacy organization,…View Resource