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My Voice Counts: Supported Decision Making, An Alternative to Guardianship

This guide will give you ideas in 5 different areas of Supported Decision Making: Understanding Supported Decision Making as an Alternative to Guardianship How to Organize Your Ideas About What You Would Like to Do and What You Might Need How to Choose the Right People to Be a Part of Your Support Team How…

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Making It Happen!

The following stories are real examples of  Self-Determination in New York State.  Nineteen people with disabilities tell how went from getting services from an agency to being in charge of their own services. They developed supports based on their needs and dreams. These people are changing the way people get services. They tell you how…

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Advice For Someone With A Disability Who Wants To Come Out Or Explore Their Sexuality

If you are having sexual thoughts or feelings, do not be ashamed. Do not keep them inside.  Find a healthy way to let those feelings out and talk about them. Here is some advice about “coming out” written by a person with autism. You may also was to check out What the Words Mean –…

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What the Words Mean – A Basic List of LGBTQ Words

As an advocate it is important to get familiar with words used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities. This list was written in plain language. We want you to know: There are many ways to describe these words. Some people may use a different definition. There are many words not on this list. We…

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