Resources and Links

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Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Self-Advocacy Organizations and Programs
The Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Disability Resources Library lists programs that teach people who are affected by an issue the skills that are necessary to stand up for themselves; obtain the information, opportunities, respect and recognition to which they are entitled and the services for which they are eligible; and help them integrate into and become valued members of their communities.

Self-Advocacy Online
Self-Advocacy Online provides self-advocates with research, learning tools, and inspiration.

The Advocacy Atlas: Accessible Tools for Leadership and Advocacy Success
Features over 250 tools and resources to help new and experienced advocates communicate their needs around services, support, and access.

Envisioning the Future: Allies in Self Advocacy Report
In collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities network, self-advocates, and allies, a series of five regional summits across the country were held in the spring of 2011 to promote collaboration, planning, and recommendations at the state and national levels. This report summarizes the goals of the Self-Advocacy Summit Initiative and describes the planning, implementation, findings, outcomes, evaluation, and feedback of the events.

A Curriculum for Self-Advocates
The Self-Advocacy Curriculum from the National Autism Resource and Information Center and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network created a tool that is intended to help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities learn more about the self-advocacy movement; celebrate neurodiversity; cultivate local self-advocacy groups; and ultimately, become and remain empowered through self-advocacy.

Cents and Sensibility – A Guide to Money Management for People with Disabilities
The guide covers the basics of personal finance, banking, and credit

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Founded in 1990, they have been working hard for the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the United States and the world. It is run by a board of self-advocates representing 9 regions of the country.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. Their activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of Autistic cultural activities. They provide information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

National Council of Self-Advocates of The Arc (NCSA)
Join the National Council of Self Advocates of The Arc (NCSA) and be part of a group of leaders representing the full spectrum of ages and abilities across our national chapter network. This is your opportunity to be part of a group of self-advocates who will unite with a clear and strong voice to create lives that allow them – and you! – meaningful choices for a promising future

white paper
Published by the National Gateway to Self-Determination, this white paper focuses on the operation of social capital in the lives of people with disabilities and provides case studies of social capital at individual, group, and community levels. It also discusses three necessary steps for the development of social capital among individuals with disabilities.

Tennessee Works
Over twenty TN organizations working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have come together to form the Tennessee Collaborative for Meaningful Work. The collaborative is focused on obtaining equal access to employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The website serves as a dissemination communication venue, resource clearinghouse, and gathering place for the collective work of the Collaborative and partners throughout the state.

Accessible Travel: Resources for the Disabled Explorer
Traveling with a disability may be difficult, but it is not impossible. Understanding current federal laws that protect those with disabilities helps guard citizens’ rights whether traveling by air, accessing websites to book vacations or seeking accessible accommodations. Preparation and careful planning are essential for all travelers, but for the disabled traveler, this can mean the difference between a vacation in paradise, or a trip to hell and back. Wherever the destination, the disabled explorer must equip him or herself by understanding their rights, travel industry regulations and ensuring that the industry meets their individual needs. Making certain an intended destination is accessible and disabled-friendly is paramount to a successful vacation.