GMSA can show you how to start and run employment support groups that are facilitated by self-advocates. Self-advocates support their peers to feel confident about running their own lives and deciding what they want to do. Each person brings their issues to the group with the intention of getting support in dealing with the frustrations of unemployment and underemployment. Most members feel peer facilitators create a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere that encourages people to discuss and explore barriers to employment.

The facilitator’s guide for these support groups was developed with funds from Voc Rehab. As part of this project we collected over 25 stories about the work experiences of people with developmental disabilities.

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