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Resources & Technical Assistance

Welcome to the Resources Page! On this page you will find helpful tips and information about lots of self-advocacy topics.

NEAT Peer to Peer Technical Assistance Plans


Advocacy/ Sharing Your Story

  • Story Garden: No matter who you are, you have a story to tell. This Guidebook will teach you how to share your story and other people’s stories by creating a Story Garden. The Story Garden Guide Book includes:
    • Sample Press Release
    • Sample Flyer to Advertise Event and Collect Stories
    • Sample Stories
    • Sample Story Flags
    • Directions to Make Story Flags
  • Songwriting with a Message – learn how to write songs about some of the “themes of Self-Advocacy” that Self-Advocates and Allies want to share with others. Advocates in Action has been leading a self-advocacy project about songwriting in self-advocacy. Their group will be featured as the “Musical Keynote Address” at Rhode Island’s 2016 Statewide Self-Advocacy conference. During their keynote, they will perform several songs they have written about this year’s conference theme, “Nothing About Us Without Us”.
    • Advocates in Action produced a video that demonstrates the “how to” behind the scenes that goes into wring a song.  Here is a peek at the Nothing About Us Without Us writing session:


Apps…did you know NEAT has an APP!?




 Person Centered Planning

Advocates in Action created this book as a fun way and comfortable way to have conversations about Person Centered Planning and other important issues. We hope you enjoy it!

PCP: Volume 1, short for “People Coloring Pictures”, is an adult coloring book that includes artwork and ideas from members of the Advocates in Action RI Leadership Series. Class members drew these pictures as we discussed topics such as Self-Advocacy, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Informed Decisions and Choice, “Home Sweet Home”, Real Jobs and Community Integration. These topics, and others, are all part of something called Person Centered Planning. People’s Coloring Book By Advocates in Action


Relationships and Dating

Residential Supported Options

This set of guidelines may answer some of the questions you have about the different types of residential services provided by agencies. One popular option is called Shared Living Arrangements. We will give you some of the pros and cons of choosing this type of support. Resource Packet On Shared Living Arrangements For A Person With A Disability

Self-Advocacy Groups

  • VT self-advocates provided MA self-advocates with technical assistance about how to include people who type to communicate in their self-advocacy group meetings. Here is the resource: Including People Who Type to Communicate

 Social Media Resources

Supported Decision-making

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network has created a toolkit about Supported Decision-Making that will also help you understand guardianship laws. “Freedom to make our own choices is a human right.”

The toolkit has 5 sections. You can download them by clicking on the name of any of the chapters:

Using GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar

  • NEAT uses GoToWebinar for presentations and Power Lunches. We really like using How to Run Your First Webinar with GoToWebinar by Gemma Falconer as a resource. It is a terrific checklist of how to run your first online webinar with lots of helpful tips and hints for success.
  • When you hold videoconferences and webinars with lots of people there are going to be some technical problems hearing and seeing each other from time-to-time. These are some common problems:
    • People can’t hear the others on the call
    • There is a feedback noise – sounds scratchy or high pitched
    • People can’t unmet themselves
    • There is a long delay

    We have found lots of good solutions in Audio Troubleshooting: How to optimize audio performance in your GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, and GoToWebinar sessions that is written by Citrix.

  • There is also a lot of good information about audio troubleshooting in this Frequently Asked Questions page hosted by Citrix.


  • Award winning filmmaker Dan Habib presented at our 2016 Face to Face retreat about making videos for social change. He talked about how using videos in your presentations and social media posts will grab a lot more people’s attention.  We had a lot of positive feedback from Dan’s presentation. Here is the PowerPoint from the presentation: Social media and video as a tool for social change
  • Resource Handout on  Uploading Video Clips to Google Drive from a Smart Phone . This handout will teach you how to upload a video filmed on a smart phone to Google drive and share basic steps we used to create a video for an advocacy event/campaign.


    • People First of New Hampshire’s video about why it is so important to get out and vote.


Website Resources

  • Maine’s SUFU held a great webinar on 2/3/15 about how they are using their website and a new database to strengthen their self-advocacy organization. Check it out!! Want more information? Visit the SUFU website.

Writing Grants

Youth Resources


Other Regional Self Advocacy Technical Assistance Projects


Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) – Our Community Standing Strong Grant (OCSS)


Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) – Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy


Heartland Regional Self-Advocacy Network (HRSN) – Website

The Heartland Self-Advocacy Resource Network (HSRN) is giving us a chance to see our states, our self-advocacy education efforts, and ourselves from new perspectives. As Heartland partner states, we’re helping each other see strengths and weaknesses we didn’t appreciate or identify before. Even more importantly, we’re helping each other make new plans for outreach and solve problems our states are facing.

The end goal of HSRN is to reach more self-advocates in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, offering them regional opportunities for mentoring, training, and leadership development.

Southwest Institute for Families and Children (SWI) – Website

Southwest Institute for Families and Children (SWI) was awarded one of six Self Advocacy Technical Assistance Grants from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. SWI will work with four states, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas to strengthen the self advocacy movement.

The four states similar geographically and demographics. The populations for each state are concentrated within a few major cities surrounded by vast rural areas. With most of the population residing in the cities, funding and resources are allocated to the cities leaving little to no resources for the rural areas with sparse populations. There is a significant difference between the needs of people with disabilities living in the cities and for those in the rural areas. The four states have a large and diverse population. The majority of the population consists of white Caucasians with large minority populations of Latin and Native American.

An advisory committee was formed and is comprised of self advocates and supports from the four states who will work together to strengthen the relationship and partnerships between self advocates and their local communities, as well as the DD partner organizations.

Each state will complete surveys, post video blogs, lead webinars, and create and implement a state plan with strategies to increase leadership development, education, outreach, and peer-to-peer mentoring. Individual survey will determine the topics that the project will focus on this year.

 Please fill out a survey if you would like to support this effort: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/selfadvocacyindividualsurvey

EPIC – Coming Soon!


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