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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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Part 2: Tips For Working With Support Staff During Covid-19

In March 2020, the Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center held a focus group online with peer leaders from across the country. We talked about issues we are all facing working with support staff during the Coronavirus outbreak. Self-advocates wrote…

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Part 1: Basic Covid-19 Information By And For People With Disabilities

The Coronavirus is a new disease spreading around the world. Part 1 focuses on “need to know” information about the Coronavirus. It is in plain language. Our goal is to keep people with disabilities healthy during this global crisis. Part…

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A Self-Advocate’s Guide to COVID-19

Illustration of hand holding a poster that says "Stop the Spread". Text next to it says "A Self-Advocate's Guide to Covid-19."

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing our lives in many ways for a while. As of March 9, 2020, Green Mountain Self-Advocates has been co-hosting 3 zoom meetings a week for and by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In…

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Introducing Self-Advocacy to Youth

A group of self-advocates sitting in three rows of chairs. Two people have their hand raised.

This resource is a blog post. You are given a list of 12 rules to follow when creating a self-advocacy group for students. This list is directed at high school teachers. A common theme throughout the list is to listen…

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Video – The Life History of Justin Thunderbear

This resource is a video. CDCI and Green Mountain Self-Advocates are proud to bring you the life history of Justin Thunderbear. Justin shares the story of his Abenaki heritage and his role as Assistant Chief within the Clan of the…

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Stimulus Checks and Representative Payees: What You Need to Know

In the spring of 2020, 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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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.”

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Independent Living

Independent Living is a goal many self-advocates work hard to achieve. This PowerPoint was made to share the story of two people who have experienced many living situations and now live in their own apartments. You will be inspired by…

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How To Start A Self-Advocacy Group

Self-advocacy groups can be an amazing and empowering experience. Belonging to a self-advocacy group gives power to individual members and to the group together. You discover the different stages of self-advocacy: Standing Up For Yourself – This is when people find…

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How to Get Your Voice and Use It!

To have a voice is most important. Never stop using it. Tracy Thresher has been using typing to communicate since 1990. Before that he could not tell people what he liked and didn’t like. Not being able to express himself…

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