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SANYS Supported Decisions Storytelling Project

This 7-minute video was made by Self-Advocacy Association of New York State. They believe all people with developmental disabilities have the right to make decisions about their lives. We feel that people with developmental disabilities make their decisions in different ways. Sometimes people make decisions on their own. Sometimes with support from others. Sometimes they…

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We Have Choices

A 30-minute video on people with disabilities in New York who are running their own services. It was made in 2009 but there are many important lessons. You meet people who used to live in institutions who are moved to living in their own homes, with one or two housemates. For too many years money…

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Real Work For Real Pay: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Employment Policy

This toolkit is about Employment First. Employment First means that: people with disabilities should be able to get the same kind of jobs as people without disabilities. workers with disabilities should get paid the same for the same work as workers without disabilities. This toolkit will explain: What Employment First is Why Employment First happened…

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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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Advocating for More Flexible Self-Directed Services and Hosts to Promote Employment

Robert Peterson is a self-advocate from Illinois and is a 2017-2018 SARTAC Fellow. Bob’s project was creating materials about Advocating for More Flexible Self-Directed Services and Hosts to Promote Employment. Bob worked in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago UCEDD (Institute on Disability and Human Development) in Chicago, Illinois. Bob developed the following resources as…

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