Welcome to The Alliance’s Self-Advocacy Leadership Manual!  We wrote the first version of this manual in 2011 to help other people who wanted to form a self-advocacy group get started.  Well, we have learned an awful lot since 2011, so we wanted to update it with some new tricks and tools for you guys to take back to your groups (and by “we” I mean advocates, and advisors and staff alike).  We hope you will make use of this book, no matter how long your group has been around.  Alliance Self-Advocacy Leadership Manual


Have an issue/concern you want to change?  Check out Got Time – Advocating for An Issue or Concern (c) 2018 for ideas of what you and your self-advocacy group can do to share your message and make changes!


Use this checklist to see how “healthy” your self-advocacy group is! Alliance Top Ten List for Healthy Self-Advocacy Groups


This Environmental Checklist can be used individually or as a self-advocacy group to find out any gaps in self-advocate involvement and make a plan of improvement.  Environmental Areas on the checklist include Skills Training; Day to Day Working Life; Staff; Staffing Meetings and Service Plans; Self-Advocates and Their Lives in the Community; and An Agency that Supports Personal Power.  Environmental Checklist


The Alliance is a partner on the Envision Illinois grant, helping to transform services in Illinois into a survivor-centered, seamless, responsive and sustainable system that fully meets the needs of Deaf people and people with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence.  The two brochures, I Can Be Safe, and Am I Safe?, were developed to help Deaf people and people with disabilities plan for their safety.  Check them out at I Can Be Safe Brochure and Am I Safe?


Check out the Employment & Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Recommendations Report that was just released on 2.1.18!  EEOPD Recommendations Report – 2017


Contact your local legislators and tell them you think is important for people with disabilities.  Find your elected officials at


If you would like to review current legislation or learn more about the Illinois General Assembly, this site will help.


Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act


Become more disability aware of customer service and employment


Learn about Social Capital and how to use it to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities


Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities


Disability Beat


State of Illinois Developmental Disabilities


Access Living Youth Center


(SABE) Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered


The Riot!


The Family Support Network


The ARC of Illinois


Vote Smart


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