This workshop teaches how to provide support in a way that most people with a developmental disability can understand.  We will begin with a brief history of society’s viewpoint of disability.  This will shed some light on what has influenced the attitudes of providers over time and why advocates have pushed for change.  The background information for this workshop was taken directly from Getting Your Message Across: Communicating With People With Intellectual Disabilities by Green Mountain Self-Advocates.

The goals for this workshop are to:

Look at the Medical Model and the Moral Model and understand how they influence the way we interact with people with disabilities.

  • Learn what “People First Language” is and why it is important.
  • Teach each other some Common Courtesies that make meetings more accessible.
  • Spend some time thinking about what we can do before, during and after a meeting to make it more accessible.

Practice responding when people put up roadblocks for including self-advocates in “professional” meetings.

  • Getting Your Message Across: Communicating With People With Intellectual Disabilities here




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