Accessible Presentations

People First Language: The Basics:  Information on using respectful language created by the Grassroots Committee of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).

Respectful Disability Language: Here’s What’s Up! A guide to respectful words and language by National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) and Kids As Self Advocates (KASA).

Youth Friendly/Accessible Language A guide to accessible presentations by Kids As Self Advocates (KASA).

Accessibility Checklist: Information for Everyone A checklist to help in preparing an accessible presentation by Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) and National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN).

Accessible Power Point Presentations: A guide to creating accessible Power Point presentations by the Training and Advocacy Support Center (a division of the National Disability Rights Network).

The Guide: NASDDDS Handbook on Inclusive Meetings and Presentations: A guide created by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) to aid in the facilitation of involvement of persons with developmental disabilities (DD) in NASDDDS activities through provision of necessary resources and supports.

Making Accessibility Real: A Guide for Planning Meetings, Conferences and Gatherings: Published by The Home and Community-Based Services Resource Network, this guide provides approaches to making meetings accessible to all participants.

Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas Training Modules:  Downloadable training modules created by the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) including “What is Self Advocacy” and “The Role of the Advisor: Facilitating Self Advocacy”.

Getting Your Message Across: Communicating with People with Intellectual Disabilities  This manual is a reference book to be used to help local and state self-advocacy groups form meaningful partnerships with advocacy and provider organizations. The manual will help people with and without disabilities to work side-by-side to improve services and support for people with developmental disabilities. This manual includes checklists and guidelines on making information cognitively accessible. It was created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Autistic Access Needs: Notes on Accessibility: This resource from The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) provides helpful information on support and sensory needs, social accommodation, respectful and accessible language for use in groups in which Autistic persons are participants.

Resources for Self Advocates

The Riot! The Riot website is where you will find The Riot! newsletter, Jabbers and Space Race games, self-determination toolkits, and other services like Power Up to strengthen self-advocacy groups.  You can also see our online gallery called Spotlight Studios.

Who’s In Charge? A National Conversation: A series of three teleconferences hosted by The Riot at HSRI related to self advocacy.

Jabbers Dreams ‘N Goals The object of this game is to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities think about their lives and develop goals.

Jabbers Gifts ‘N Giving This game helps self advocates think about their gifts and talents and how that they can share them with others.

Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas Training Modules:  Downloadable training modules created by the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) including “What is Self Advocacy” and “The Role of the Advisor: Facilitating Self Advocacy”.

General Resources

The People First of Missouri Advisor Book of Information and Advice: A guide for advisors developed by the People First of Missouri with support from the University of Missouri Kansas City-Institute for Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (The DD Act):  Federal legislation with the purpose of  assuring that people with developmental disabilities and their families take part in the design of, and have access to, needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, through culturally competent programs authorized under the law.

What is…the DD Act?? ADD?? DD Network??:  This handout was provided to state team members attending the self-advocacy summits as an overview written in accessible language of the DD Act (Developmental Disability Act), ADD (Administration on Developmental Disabilities), and the DD Network (Developmental Disability Network).

Jack Brandt, Virginia UCEDDA Discussion Brief on Self-Advocacy Organizations in the State of Virginia and Nationally (written by Virginia State Team member Jack M. Brandt,   The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, formed of a statewide self-advocacy organization in Virginia. This paper explores two approaches disability advocacy groups have used to achieve a common goal. The paper also reviews the structure of nine national disability organizations that have grassroots affiliations in Virginia.