SARTAC Zoom Meetings

Many valuable resources have been shared during this past year's online Zoom meetings.  Below you will find links to the presentations, videos, guides and more.

August 12, 2021 - How to make Easy Read resources

This presentation will help you write in Easy Read, an accessible format that uses pictures and easy-to-understand language. This presentation is based on a new guide made by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Creating resources in Easy Read helps make sure that all people with disabilities have the tools we need to understand and speak out about policy that affects our lives.

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Click here to get the Toolkit

August 9, 2021 - Sharing Your Story for a Political Purpose

Our stories are powerful political tools, and we can use them to make real change. Hearing a person talk about a policy problem gives policymakers a name and face to remember. Make sure they remember your story — and make the changes you want — with a toolkit made by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), “Sharing Your Story For a Political Purpose.”

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Click here to get the Toolkit

August 2, 2021 - Civil Rights Lawsuit about Housing

Mary has a disability. She is not able to open and close her apartment door. Learn how she worked with her local Fair Housing Office to get the accommodations she needs to go in and out of her apartment.

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July 29, 2021 - Moving To Another State

Many people with disabilities have a dream to move to another state. There are so many things to think about. Will I lose my benefits? How do I get services? Get advice from self-advocates who have made the big move.

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July 22, 2021 - ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act

 

SABE - Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered facilitates a discussion and celebration of 30 years of advocacy for the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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July 15, 2021 - A Plain Language Guide About Ableism & Violence

SARTAC partners made a booklet about ableism and violence. We wrote it for people with disabilities to understand ableism. Ableism may be a new word to many people. Often we hear people use academic words to describe ableism. It is important for people with disabilities to be able to explain ableism. We need to understand how it is connected to violence.

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Click here for the booklet ( the booklet will be posted in August 2021)

July 1, 2021 - Let's Talk About Sex! For Self-Advocates and BY SELF-ADVOCATES

SARTAC hosted a conversation with and BY self-advocates about ongoing issues they face expressing their sexuality and having relationships.

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Click here to find other resources on sexuality

June 24, 2021 - Affordable and Accessible Housing

Darcy McCann is a powerful advocate from California. She helped others learn to tell their housing story to elected officials to create inclusive affordable housing.

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June 21, 2021 - The OLMSTEAD Decision: Disability Civil Rights

What is it?
Why it is important!
Why our freedom depends on it!

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June 17, 2021 - LGBTQIA: The Rights Of People With Disabilities

 

SARTAC celebrates Gay Pride Month.

Self-Advocates who identify as LGBTQ+ led the discussion

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June 14, 2021 - TeleHealth

Young man in a wheelchair using a laptop outside.

Some people love the idea that they can chat with their doctor from home. Others prefer to talk to their doctor in person. What do you think?

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June 10, 2021 - Poetry Fest and Share your Favorite Grilling Recipe

 

Okay - you asked for these topics! Bring your favorite poem to share. If it is one you wrote even better! AND if poetry is not your thing - bring your favorite summer grilling recipe

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May 24, 2021 - Communication Devices

What is AAC or Augmentative & Alternative Communication? How do we talk with people who use AAC? By Donnie Denome and Cole Sorensen.

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May 20, 2021 - Self-Advocacy & Healthcare

On a personal level, doctors need to know all about your life. They need to know your strengths to give you good advice about being healthy. As a group, self-advocates are learning about health disparities. We are speaking up so people with disabilities get the healthcare they need.

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May 17, 2021 - How I Use Technology Today

Self-Advocates talked about how they use technology in their lives to be more independent.
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May 10, 2021 - How to Report Abuse

Click here for  the PowerPoint

Click for Peer to Peer Guide about Abuse

Click for Learn How to Become a Peer Supporter of a Person who was Abused

April 29, 2021 - Parenting with a Disability

mother and father with 2 chidren

Meet TASP - The Association for Successful Parenting. They support families when parents have intellectual disabilities. TASP works to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income, race, sexual orientation, background, or learning difficulties has a chance to parent.

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April 26, 2021 - People First Wisconsin

smiling woman with gray hair wearing glasses standing in front of a brick wallCindy Bentley is the executive director of People First of Wisconsin. They run the Self-Determination Youtube channel. Learn about this powerful state self-advocacy organization.

Video: In the Spotlight | Black History Month | A conversation on race

Video: Cindy Bentley Shares Her Story | Self-Determination |

April 8, 2021 - Plain Language

Learn how your self-advocacy group can make plain language materials

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Click here for more information about Plain Language

April 1, 2021 - Everyday Artists

William C. Brewer III is an artist and long-time fighter for self-advocacy. He is a self-employed artist at Utility Works, an open art studio shared with artists with and without disabilities.

Click here for William's Everyday Artist Handbook

Click here to get his PowerPoint

March 29, 2021 - Diversity

We have questions about diversity to use with your group. Answers to these questions can help you learn what you are doing well. They identify what you can do better to support people with disabilities from many cultural groups.

Click here to get our diversity questions

March 25, 2021 - VT LEND Program

VT LEND is a 1-year college program. It is a disability Leadership Training program at the University of Vermont. It is remote. You can participate from anywhere in the country.

Click here for a recording of the presentation

Click here for the PowerPoint

Click here to get a 1-page flyer & how to apply

March 18, 2021 - Working at the Capitol in DC

An Autistic Person’s Guide to Hillternships.   Grace Hart created a guidebook for interning on Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill is where the laws that impact our lives are made. It is critical that we become a larger part of the legislative process.

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March 15, 2021 - The "I" in IEP

Ashley Mabry created videos and other resources to teach students to be self-advocates in their own Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.

Click here to find all of Ashley's videos and resources

Click here to listen to her presentation

March 8, 2021 - ABLE Accounts

Chris Blake from Connecticut explains how to choose, set up, and use an ABLE account in your state. Chris believes having an ABLE account gives you more freedom and independence, and increases your ability to learn, grow and be your own person.

Click here to get Chris' PowerPoint

Click here to listen to Chris' presentation

Click here to get all of Chris' materials about Able Accounts

March 4, 2021 - "Disabled I AM" Social Media Project

Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr. has a project Disabled I AM. People use photos and social media to talk about their disability identity. It creates a discussion on the connection between disability and other identities, like race, gender, and more.

March 4, 2021 – Click here to get a PowerPoint about his project

March 4, 2021 – Click here to view a recording of TJ presenting

Click here to see a video TJ made and other examples

February 25, 2021 - Legislative Action in Washington State

Self-Advocates are speaking up to eliminate sub-minimum wages for people with disabilities and to close institutions.

People First of Washington and SelfAdvocates in Leadership 2021 Legislative Agenda

Alliance in Advocacy Fact Sheet & Priorities

February 18, 2021 - New Law "The Sex Education Act For People With DD"

Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance describes how they got this law passed. It supports the right to sex education and the right to be free from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Click here for the PowerPoint used for this presentation

February 11, 2021 - Making Your Own Vision Board

Shameka Andrews - SANYS Community Outreach Coordinator

dream board or vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and words of one's dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. Vision Board Handout

February 15, 2021 - Marriage Penalty

The Marriage Penalty is a cut in SSI benefits for people who are married. Self-advocates from Maine explain a new federal bill that would eliminate the Marriage Penalty.

Here is the Marriage Penalty Handout

February 8, 2021 - Three Civil Rights Movements

We explored what the African American, LGBTQ, and Self-Advocacy Movements have in common.

Civil Rights Movements Powerpoint

Information from the booklet Our Common History: Fighting for the Rights of People.

January 25, 2021 - Self-Advocacy Civil Rights Movement

This session describes the history of the Self-Advocacy Movement.

History of the Self-Advocacy Movement Handout

Information from the booklet Our Common History: Fighting for the Rights of People.

1/28/21, 2/1/21, and 2/4/21 - How Civil Rights Groups Make Change Happen

Tactics are activities that groups use to get our country to change. Here are 3 handouts:

1. Using the courts to get things changed

2. Passing Laws to get our country to change

3. How Marches & Protests demand change

January 14, 2021 - Self-Advocacy

What Does It Mean To Be A Self-Advocate?

Click here to get the PowerPoint for this discussion

January 6 and 11, 2021

Graphic of a Capitol Building surrounded by lobbyists holding documentsSelf-Advocates Statement About the Transition of Power & DC Events

Click here to read comments by self-advocates

January 4, 2021 - African American Civil Rights Movement

 

Click here to get the PowerPoint on the history of the African American Civil Rights movement.

Information from the booklet Our Common History: Fighting for the Rights of People.