Resource Library

laptop 3

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.

There are 2 ways to find information:

  1. Type a topic in the search bar below

  2. Or click on one of the Resource Topics on the right-hand side.

Is Your Love Life in Jeopardy?

This activity helps people learn more about relationships in a fun and carefree spirit – by playing Jeopardy! Participants will answer questions from categories like: “Marry, Date or Dump;” and “Meet the Parents.” We shared this game with you to…

View Resource

What is Mental Health?

On April 21st, 2022, GMSA peer leaders met with more than 40 self-advocates to talk about mental health. What helps? What does not work? For sure, something that works for 1 person may not work for others. We thank self-advocates…

View Resource

Intersectionality – What Does That Mean?

It is about all the different ways a person experiences discrimination. So, for Tiffany, she might face discrimination because she: Has a disability Is Black Is gay Is a woman Here is a recording of a Zoom Meeting with Self-Advocates discussing…

View Resource

The Direct Support Professionals Workforce Crisis and Remote Supports 

GMSA facilitated a Town Hall session with self-advocates. They discussed what works and what does not work when getting remote support from staff. Comments were used to write a blog for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities…

View Resource

Testing At Home for Covid-19

Learn more about doing a Covid-19 test at home. It is also called a self-test. We will discuss when to do a test and how to get one. We will share videos and easy-to-use information. Click here for the handouts/slides

View Resource

How To Advocate for Yourself When Around People Who Are NOT Vaccinated

It can be hard to stand up for yourself when around someone who has not gotten or will not get their COVID-19 shot. Here are some tips on ways to advocate for your safety or find ways to stay safe…

View Resource

Getting a New Job

Are you looking to make a change in 2022? Presentation by self-advocates who are working a job they love. Get tips on how to find a job and get the support you need to make it happen. Click here to…

View Resource

Omicron COVID-19 Update

GMSA shared the latest Omicron information. The information shared was easy to understand and great to share with other people with disabilities. GMSA also touched on the importance of: Testing For Covid (slides 4 – 8) What To Do If…

View Resource

How To Be A Self-Advocate Consultant

GMSA created this booklet on how to work as a professional advocate. We explain: How much should you charge to speak? How do you figure out the time you need to prepare? How will it impact my benefits?

View Resource

Supported Decision Making: How is it the same or different than Alternatives to Guardianship?

GMSA created this resource to explain alternatives to guardianship and why they are important. 1) Why Guardianship Should Be The Last Resort 2) Supported Decision Making 3) Alternatives To Guardianship

View Resource