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Trainings Youth Leadership

  1. “Know Your Rights” uses an interactive style to walk the self-advocate through a few of the most important laws that affect individuals with disabilities:  Section 504, IDEA, and ADA. Activities give the audience a chance to work together and even get out in the community to see first-hand how these laws have changed the society in which we live. The segment, “Changing Attitudes,” is a brief summary of the history that individuals with disabilities have endured.

  2. “Moral, Medical, and Civil Rights Models” introduces negative attitudes, stereotypes, and the People First Movement.  Activities and role plays reinforce the idea that individuals with disabilities are regular people and explore how society must modify the way it operates.

  3. “Self-Advocacy” promotes assertive communication versus talking in a passive or aggressive way. It explores body language and how feelings can affect the way one advocates. After “Dignity of Risk” and “Self-Determination” are introduced, an activity presents a recipe for success.

  4. “Leadership” introduces what it takes to be a leader and Ed Roberts as a powerful role model for leaders with disabilities. There is a short summary of the other modules in this series, a list of the qualities of a leader, and an outline and activity for getting results when you make plans and take action for change.