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Good News Story – Hilary Clark, VT


This summer we asked some of the self-advocates in the NEAT project to write up some “good news stories” to share what they have learned from being part of the NEAT project. 

Hilary Clark smiling at a meeting

By Hilary Clark, Vermont, NEAT Peer to Peer Technical Assistance Project

“I have taken on many tasks for the NEAT Project, including tech support. I taught somebody how to use GoToMeeting. GoToMeeting is an online meeting service which people can call in to it from different
places. This means that members from all different states can be a part of a meeting together. I set up and organize face-to-face meetings, advisory group meetings, and assisted with planning workshops at the
Voices and Choices Conference. I taught two workshops. The face to face meeting is when people from the different state groups all meet at the same location to share ideas. While at times I have felt overwhelmed, I have had lots of fun meeting people from all over the country and learning what projects others are working on. When I get overwhelmed I take a break from what I’m doing. It is cool to help people learn about self-advocacy because I know what they are feeling like. To me, a good leader is someone who is good at arranging details, talking and listening to others, meeting folks from all over the New England states and New York, being social and having fun. Working with the NEAT project has helped me in all of these areas. An example of this is I helped figure out the details for the face to face meeting like who is going to come, where it’s going to be, and helping to figure out the agenda. I come in every morning check my to-do list and arrange my day.”



Spring 2015 Newsletter


The “NEAT News” is now available online! This is the NEAT Peer to Peer Technical Assistance Project’s newsletter and has a collection of articles and ideas from different state teams.

Here are some sneak peeks from the newsletter:

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media
  • How to Write a Blog
  • Video Blogging
  • That’s How You Do It Infomercials

Download it here: NEAT – Spring 2015 – Newsletter – FINAL

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

ABLE Act: Information and Resources

The passing of the Steven Beck Jr, Achieve a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) has been a hot topic in many of the NEAT states recently, as well as across the country, as states work to figure out how to implement this program. We will be posting resources and updates from NEAT states as they come in so people can learn what their peers in other states are up to.

Communication Tip from VT

A quick tech tip from folks in VT…..

Did you know you can include videos on surveys by SurveyMonkey?

Kind of a cool idea.

Now for people with limited reading ability the best option is probably to complete the survey with a friend. But it could be welcoming if each question included a short video of someone reading the text.

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