Resources

 

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

 

YOU’RE ON BOARD! A Short Guide for People with Disabilities Who Are On Agency Boards and Committees by Amy Walker, Illinois Voices Systems Change Activist.  You’re On Board was developed by the Illinois Voices Project Team with support from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) © 2007.  Check it out at You’re On Board!

 

Robert’s Rules of Order is standard set of rules to run orderly meetings with maximum fairness to all members.  Check out an easier to understand version at Roberts Rules of Order.

 

Do you receive Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services through a Developmental Disability Waiver? Learn about your rights! Check out the accessible version of It’s My Right – DHS Rights – Accessible Version – June 2017.  It was developed with input from self-advocates in Illinois and support from The Alliance. The Accessible Version is meant to support greater understanding and advocacy of the rights of individuals receiving services in the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability Waivers programs.  

 

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

 

Want to learn more about speaking in front of groups?  Check out the Speaking In Front of Groups resource that shares how to: Be Prepared; Your Image: Looking and Sounding Good; How to Get Your Audience to Listen; and What is Your Message?  

 

The SABE My Technology Handbook answers questions that most of us who are new or just learning about technology ask.  This Handbook uses easy to understand directions and step by step pictures to teach these skills. Remember it was written by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.  You can learn how to find the right computer, tablet, smart phone, apps and programs that will work best for you. Also, you can learn how to stay safe when using the computer, security options and how to use the internet.  Then we have social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Skype) BloggingVlogging, Conference Calls, GoToMeeting and Webinars.  

 

The Alliance is a partner on the Illinois Imagines grant.  Illinois Imagines is a statewide project to improve services to people with disabilities who have been victims of sexual violence. The project is directed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois rape crisis centers, disability service agencies and self-advocates. Collaborative teams have been established in 30 communities across the state.  Visit Illinois Imagines to find lots of information including toolkits and training materials, resources, recorded webinars, and more!

 

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

www.elections.state.il.us/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

 

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

http://www.ilga.gov/

 

Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act

www.ADA.gov

 

Become more disability aware of customer service and employment

www.jjslist.com

 

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

www.c-q-l.org/resource-library/resource-library/social-capital

 

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

www.state.il.us/agency/icdd/

 

Disability Beat

www.disabilitybeat.com

 

State of Illinois Developmental Disabilities

http://www.dd.illinois.gov/

 

Access Living Youth Center

www.alyouthinfo.org

 

(SABE) Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered

www.sabeusa.org

 

The Riot!

www.theriotrocks.org

 

The Family Support Network

http://www.familysupportnetwork.org/

 

The ARC of Illinois 

www.thearcofil.org

 

Vote Smart

www.vote-smart.org

 

 

 

 
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