SARTAC Zoom Meetings

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

May 10, 2022 - Plain Language 

Plain language writing makes your work better -- and it's more accessible for people with disabilities and English language learners. Learn the ins and outs of plain language in this webinar.
Click here to get the slides

April 25, 2022 - Overview of Accessible Formats

Why write in accessible formats? What's the difference between plain language and Easy Read? What principles should everyone follow when writing in an accessible way? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this brief introductory webinar, with time for questions and answers
Click here to get the slides
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April 20, 2022 - Plain Language for Self-Advocates

Plain language writing is more accessible for people
with disabilities and English language learners.
Learn how to write in plain language with this webinar.
Click here to get the handout

April 14, 2022 - How Self-Advocates Help Their Peers Make Supported Decision-Making Agreements

Chester Finn

Chester Finn worked with Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS) when they made a supported decision-making form. They believed other tools were too hard to understand. Chester wrote a report on what he learned. In it, he made suggestions for self-advocates who want to help their peers make supported decision-making agreements. Chester calls these suggestions his 10 Commandments.

February 24, 2022 - Getting a New Job

Are you looking to make a change in 2022?
Hear from self-advocates who are working a job they love.
Get tips on how to find a job and get the support you need to make it happen.
Click here to get the handout

February 17, 2022 - Is Your Love Life in Jeopardy?

Learn more about relationships in a fun and carefree way by playing the game JEOPARDY.
This is not played exactly like the real Jeopardy Game
instead we just ask ‘multiple choice’ or ‘true or false questions.
We are sharing this game with you to use with your self-advocacy groups!

February 3, 2022 - Taking Charge in Hard Times: Self-Determination During Covid

This session created space for some peer support on speaking up during Covid. The session was co-facilitated by Liz Weintraub from AUCD and Max Barrows from SARTAC. Many people with IDD reported that they have lots of people in their lives telling you what to do because of Covid -19. One impact of Covid-19 for people with IDD is that their families and providers are taking control of our lives. “They are taking advantage of the myth that we can't decide for ourselves or that we will make the wrong decision. For self-determination to be real, people with disabilities must have the dignity of risk and be able to make mistakes free of losing our independence and self-determination.”

January 27, 2022 - Right 2 Ride by The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State

Right 2 Ride is a video based, peer-to-peer training about: Taking Public Transit, Transportation Advocacy, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to transportation.
Click here to get this amazing resource with all the videos, handouts, and training manuals

January 20, 2022 - Covid-19 Question and Answer Session with the Vermont Health Department

Eve Dolkart - VT Health Departmen Health Equity and Community Engagement Team. And Susan Kamp - VT Health Department Director of Physical Activity, Nutrition & Women’s Health

There is a lot to know about Omicron and how to stay safe. Self-advocates requested this session to get answers to burning questions regarding Covid-19. Click here to get the January 2022 Plain Language Update on Covid-19.

Click here for a recording of the session.

January 13, 2022 - Support LGBTQ+

Mass Advocates Standing Strong
How to show acceptance for yourself and for LGBTQ+
friends and family.

Click here to get the PowerPoint Slides

January 6, 2022 - Omicron Update with Slides in Plain Language

Testing For Covid (slides 4 - 8)

What To Do If You Are Positive (slides 9 -12)                                                                             

What Is A Variant Or Mutation? (slides 13 - 16)      

Omicron Is A Type of Covid (slides 7 - 21)

Vaccine and Booster Shots - Why Should I Get It (slides 22 -27)                                        

Click here to get the PowerPoint Slides

December 23, 2021 - Ken Capone Equal Employment Act


Ken Capone, Public Policy Coordinator and self-advocate for People on the Go of Maryland had a bill named after him. The bill ends subminimum wage in the state. Ken joined this meeting to tell us about how he made this happen.

Click here to review a recording of this session

December 16, 2021 - TechKnowledgeMe: Connecting through Video Conferencing

coffee cup smart phone laptop tablet

 5 New Videos by Self-Advocacy Association of New York State

  •   # 1 What is video conferencing? Why do we do it? Overview
  •   # 2  How to Join a Video Conference
  •   # 3  Etiquette/Participation
  •   # 4  How to get or manage your links
  •   # 5  Virtual self-advocacy

Click here for a recording of this session   Click here to get the 5 videos 

December 2, 2021 - Where to get the facts about Omicron. Staying calm as we wait for answers.

 There is a new kind of Covid-19 called Omicron.

 What Is A Variant Or Mutation?   

Click here for slides explaining mutations and variants.

 Click here for a recording of this session

November 18, 2021 - Supported Decision Making: How is it the same or different than Alternatives to Guardianship?

Why Guardianship Should Be The Last Resort. 

Supported Decision Making

Alternatives To Guardianship. 

Click here to get the PowerPoint

November 4, 2021 - Connecting Youth to Self-Advocacy Groups

 

Tips from leaders of state self-advocacy organizations on ways to welcome youth into the self-advocacy movement.

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October 28, 2021 - Self-Advocacy Skill-Share: GMSA will share their favorite activities!

SARTAC shared activities, such as the Dating Game & Rocks Activity, that participants can take and do within their states with their self-advocacy organizations.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

Click here to the Dating Game Script and Instructions

October 21, 2021 - How To Be A Self-Advocate Consultant

Get advice on how to work as a professional advocate.

How much should you charge to speak?

How do you figure out the time you need to prepare?

How will it impact my benefits?

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October 14, 2021 - How To Advocate for Yourself When Around People Who Are NOT Vaccinated

It can be hard to stand up for yourself when around someone who has not gotten or will not get their COVID-19 shot.

Here are some tips on ways to advocate for your safety or find ways to stay safe around those who are not vaccinated

Click here to get a handout on How To Advocate During COVID-19

Click here to review a recording of this webinar

September 23, 2021 - Preparing for Emergencies

Signing up for Emergency Alerts in your state

Making a list of contact information to use during an emergency

Talking to people in your life & planning where you can go if you have to leave your home

We facilitated small group discussions on what should be in your To Go Bag and what you need if you were stuck at home without power for 3 days

Click here to review the slides used for this session.

September 16, 2021 - Legislative Update from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Congress is working on another big spending bill to help the country recover from the pandemic.

Get the facts from Julia Bascom, executive director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) autisticadvocacy.org

Click here to review the slides used for this session.

September 9, 2021 - Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors are professionals with an intellectual or developmental disability trained to provide services to their peers. This short video describes a peer mentoring program in Detroit Michigan.

SARTAC facilitated small group discussions on the importance of and ways to promote peer mentoring.

Click here to review a short video on peer mentoring.

September 2, 2021 - Delta Variant and Boosters Update

It is important to know about COVID-19 variants. Some kinds of COVID-19 are easier to get.
Some kinds of COVID can make people sicker than others.

Learn about  COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

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August 26, 2021 - Working with your Support Staff

People with disabilities have problems finding and keeping support staff. SARTAC members will talk about natural and paid supports and how they play a role in their lives.

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August 23, 2021 - How Self-Advocates Define “Who’s in Control” of Community Services

Who’s in control of our services? How can we keep support workers from taking over our lives? What does self-determination look like? These important questions can be hard to answer. ASAN and self-advocates came up with questions to find out who’s in control. Get a sneak peek at this new resource!

Click here to get the PowerPoint

August 16, 2021 - What Can You Do as a Citizen to Educate Legislators?

Chester Finn

Emily Rogers smiling

Emily Rogers

Learn the different levels of involvement

How do you get involved in public policy as an advocate?

Meeting with your legislators

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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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

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.”

Click here to get the PowerPoint

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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

Click here to view this Zoom session

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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

Click here to view this Zoom session

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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Click here to view this Zoom session

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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

Click here to view this zoom session

May 17, 2021 - How I Use Technology Today

Self-Advocates talked about how they use technology in their lives to be more independent.
Click here to get the presentation

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.

Click here to get the PowerPoint

Click here to get more information

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

Click here to get the PowerPoint

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.

Click here for a recording of the presentation

Click here for the PowerPoint

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.

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 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.

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.