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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 Glossary of Words Used in Protecting the Safety and Health of Workers Coronavirus 2019

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These are some of the words used in this health and safety training that employees must do during the Coronavirus emergency. These definitions were written by a team of self-advocates and their allies. Green Mountain Self-Advocates created a plain language…

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Tracy’s Employment Story: My Job as a Facilitated Communication Consultant

Picture of Tracy presenting with another man. They are sitting behind a table and there is a microphone on the table.

This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. Tracy Thresher works for the Facilitated Communication Institute in Syracuse, NY. He shares his experiences as a Consultant. There are questions that make you think about…

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Susan’s Employment Story: My Job as a Self-Advocate

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This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. Susan Aichroth talks about what she does as a self-advocate. She talks about understanding the feeling of being labeled as incapable. She explains the importance of…

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Paul’s Employment Story

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This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. Paul Nichols tells about his experience at a Sheltered Workshop. He felt great about it closing. Paul talked to some other self-advocates who were sad about…

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May Ray’s Employment Story

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This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. May Ray Young shares about her job history and her current job with Hannaford. She says what her duties are at Hannaford. She explains why she…

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Greg’s Employment Story

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This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. Greg shares what his job is like washing dishes at the Wayside Restaurant. A timeline is listed next to his story. There are questions that make…

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Delsie’s Employment Story: My Job at the National Bank of Middlebury

Delsie smiling and leaning against someone who is out of frame.

This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. Delsie Farnsworth shares her employment history and current work duties. She brings up challenges of changing jobs. Delsie talks about why she likes having a job.

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Abby’s Employment Story

Picture of Abby bagging groceries at the grocery store.

This resource is a story. It is a part of GMSA’s “Hire Up!” Training. Abby Laframboise shares her employment history. A timeline is listed after her story. There are questions that make you think about what you can learn from…

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Love: Not Just for Some, But for Everyone!

A woman and man sitting next to each other in wheelchairs. The man has his arm around the woman and he is smiling.

This resource is a blog post. Max Barrows talks about what he learned in high school about sexuality. He compares that with a sexuality class he took later for students with disabilities. In this class, he learned that sexuality is…

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Living with Autism in the Community

This resource is a blog post. Kristofor Medina shares how it is to live with autism in the community. He shares his experience with anxiety and sensory overload. He asks that others understand that many people with autism have a…

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