The Special Needs Alliance

The Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit organization comprised of attorneys who are respected authorities with regard to public benefits, guardianships/conservatorships, special needs plannning and special education. The average member has nearly two decades of relevant legal experience. Many of them have family members with special needs, enabling them to bring additional insight to their work.

Expressing Yourself: Assessing Self Determination in Your Life

This self-assessment is designed to help you discover how much self-determination you have in your life. You are the person in charge of this assessment. To complete it, you’ll read a series of statements and think about whether they describe your life. This will help you identify life areas (such as money or relationships) where you’d like to increase your level of self- determination and other areas where you’re already satisfied. The simple act of thinking about these things will increase your awareness of the presence of self-determination in your life.

http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/sd-self-assessment.pdf

Gateways to Self Determination

The purpose of this booklet is to provide an overview of activities to date of the Gateway to Self-Determination project and describe highlighted activities and products currently available.

The overall goal of the Gateway to Self-Determination is “to establish a sustainable, evidence-based training system that enhances self-determination training programs that lead to quality of life outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan.” There are a number of important beliefs upon which the National Gateway to Self- Determination project is founded. They include:

Scaling-up efforts to promote self-determination are most effective when they are conducted in an enabling context focused on the people it is intended to benefit. In the case of this project, this context is established by a social-ecological framework that acknowledges the importance of the interactions occurring between people and their environments through- out their lifespan.

http://www.kucdd.org/documents/GatewaytoSDHighlights.pdf

Self Determination Strategies

Children and adults with autism (AU) have difficulties in communication and social understanding affecting their life-planning and self-determination abilities. Self-determination strategies are designed to develop self-directed decision-making ability for people with autism.

http://www.txautism.net/docs/Guide/Interventions/SelfDetermination.pdf

Self-Determination and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What Does The Research Tell Us?

There exists an already substantive and still growing literature base pertaining to self- determination and people with disabilities. The intent of this slide show is to provide a synthesis of major findings in the area of self- determination pertaining to youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

http://www.aucd.org/docs/SD-WhatDoWeKnow.pdf

SparkAction

SparkAction is an online journalism and advocacy center by and for the child and youth field.  Through our site and e-newsletters, we work to:

  1. Connect concerned adults and young people—whether they’re new to the issues or already activists—to compelling stories, context and accurate information on children’s issues, as well as tools to take action, from volunteering to advocating for better policies and programs.
  2. Help child- and youth-focused organizations effectively reach a broad audience (the public, professional peers, and policymakers) with their content and materials.
  3. Elevate the voices and perspectives of young people themselves.
  4. Break down silos in the broad child and youth field and strengthen connections among organizations and agencies to create a stronger, unified voice for children and youth.

 SparkAction  gives visitors stories, information and tools to learn about a range of issues and to take action to improve policies and programs, and, ultimately, the fabric of our nation as a whole.

http://sparkaction.org/

ACT (Advocating Change Together)

Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT’s mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles. ACT distributes tools and materials that help individuals and groups promote self-advocacy in their lives and work.

http://www.selfadvocacy.com/index.htm

KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) Resources

Below are over 60 tipsheets and guides written for youth, by youth! The reports in each of these sections are written by youth with disabilities on our Advisory Board and youth writers from our network. They are written to share real life experiences and helpful information with other youth. They have been reviewed by our Task Force (also made up of disabled youth) to make sure they are youth-friendly and accessible.

http://fvkasa.org/resources/index.php

Reap What You Sow Curriculum and Trainings

This project explores the life stories of thirteen leaders in the self-advocacy movement and their perspectives on key issues and leadership challenges. Part of the broader disability rights movement, the self-advocacy movement is unique in that it has been led and informed by the individual and collective experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite its widespread existence nationwide and internationally, few works have explored the rich history, culture, and significance of the self-advocacy movement.

This website will provide links to obtaining the curriculum in addition to providing information on training.

http://www.nyln.org/resources-3/reap-what-you-sow-curriculum/

Leaders with Developmental Disabilities in the
Self-Advocacy Movement

This project explores the life stories of thirteen leaders in the self-advocacy movement and their perspectives on key issues and leadership challenges. Part of the broader disability rights movement, the self-advocacy movement is unique in that it has been led and informed by the individual and collective experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite its widespread existence nationwide and internationally, few works have explored the rich history, culture, and significance of the self-advocacy movement.

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/collections/subjectarea/ics_movements/self_advocacy.html