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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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Being an Ally in the Self-Advocacy Movement

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation. Presenters discuss 10 tips to be a great ally to people with disabilities. They explain where allies can offer support. A resource list is included to find out more. Click on this link to…

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Top Ways Teachers and Service Providers can Support a Person with a Disability who is Coming Out LGBTQ

Thomas Caswell holding a microphone, in front of a chart, teaching a class

This resource is a handout. It provides ways to respond and be supportive to people with disabilities who are coming out as LGBTQ. There are also quotes from people with developmental disabilities about coming out.

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Advice for Someone with a Disability who Wants to Come Out or Explore their Sexuality

A picture of the author, Thomas Caswell.

This resource is a blog post written by Thomas Caswell. He gives advice to people with disabilities about coming out. He provides an action plan to come out. He tells his own story about coming out to friends and family.

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Equal Employment for Persons with Disabilities

The author, Max Barrows, talking at a podium with three other people. They are in front of a building with columns. Max has his hand in a fist and it is raised in the air.

This resource is a blog post. Max Barrows shares the importance of persons with disabilities having real jobs with real pay. He explains why sheltered workshops are bad. He lists myths about sheltered workshops and explains why they are not…

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Cooking and Gaining Independence

Kyle sitting on a stationary bike at a gym.

This resource is a blog post. Kyle Moriarty talks about how cooking has made him be more independent. He describes his history with cooking and lists his favorite meals to cook. Kyle says that cooking helps him to achieve his…

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Bullying is No Fun For Anyone

Red stop sign with the word "stop" next to the word "bullying". There is a green background.

This resource is a blog post. Maisie LaJeunesse explains that people with disabilities often experience bullying. She talks about the “R” word and why it is not okay to use it. She wishes for others to walk a day in…

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Are You Prepared?

List of emergency supplies when you're stuck at home

This resource is a blog post. Max Barrows talks about how to prepare for an emergency as a person with Autism. He lists the disasters that happen in the U.S. He shares resources that help prepare persons with disabilities for…

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Video – Stimulus Checks and Representative Payees: What You Need to Know

This resource is a video. Because of the COVID-19 the government sent $1,200 to people all over the country. This money is called a Stimulus check. This video is for people with disabilities who get social security AND you have…

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Part 9: Know Your Rights: Bringing a Supporter to a Hospital or a Doctor’s Office

On June 9, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights made it clear that all people with disabilities are allowed to bring a supporter with them when in a hospital or a doctor’s office. This booklet describes how you can speak…

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Video – Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities Can Have a Supporter in the Hospital during COVID-19

This resource is a video. Because of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus there are big changes in how hospitals and doctor’s offices work. They are not letting people visit patients. On June 9, 2020, the US Office of Civil Rights made…

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