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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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Connecting Youth to Self-Advocacy Groups

Tips from Green Mountain Self-Advocates on ways to welcome youth into the self-advocacy movement.

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Preparing for Emergencies

This resource explains how to discuss preparing for emergencies with your self-advocacy group Signing up for Emergency Alerts in your state Making a list of contact information to use during an emergency Talking to people in your life & planning…

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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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