Course Code: REL-IDD-0-SAFL
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Describe the history of self-advocacy and why it is important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Distinguish between a self-advocate, an advocate, and an ally.
Identify different ways an individual might choose to advocate for themselves in different situations.
Employ support strategies that empower individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves in different situations.
Section 1. Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: What is Self-Advocacy? A. Introduction B. Think About It C. What Is Self-Advocacy? D. Self-Advocacy E. The Disability Rights Movement F. Social Conditioning G. A Brief History of Disability Rights H. Today and Tomorrow I. Did You Know? J. Section Summary Section 3: Becoming an Ally A. The Goal: Full Participation B. Practicing Self-Advocacy C. The Role of the DSP D. Self-Advocates, Advocates, and Allies E. Self-Advocates F. Advocates G. Allies H. Stepping Up/Stepping Back I. Section Summary Section Four: Styles of Self-Advocacy A. A Range of Options B. Passive Advocacy C. Assertive Self-Advocacy D. Aggressive Self-Advocacy E. Section Summary Section Five: Influence, Power, and Responsibility A. Introduction B. Know Your Influence C. Know Your Power D. Know Your Responsibility E. Support Leadership F. Tips for Allies G. Section Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Concluding Thoughts B. Summary C. Put into Practice D. Congratulations! E. Course Contributors F. Resources
Betsy Valnes, MA
Betsy Valnes, MA, serves as the founding Executive Director for the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN). She has worked with multiple disability rights endeavors through entities such as the National Council on Disability, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Rehabilitation International, and the World Bank. Betsy contributes to the board of directors for the US International Council on Disability (USICD) and the World Disability Union (WDU) and has shared her expertise in 11 countries to date.
Disclosure: Betsy Valnes, MA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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