Resources for Self-Advocates


The SLN is contributed to the Self-Advocacy Curriculum from Autism NOW, 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.



Resource for Self-Advocates: How to Speak Up and Be Heard


Supported Decision Making

My Voice Counts: Supported Decision Making, An Alternative to Guardianship

From The Arc:

Self Advocacy Groups

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is a national self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities in the United States. Founded in 1990, SABE has been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world.

SLN is pleased to have two SABE representatives on our Board of Directors to ensure we have a strong partnership between our organizations.

Read the SABE Spring 2014 Newsletter here.  SLN Executive Director, Katie Arnold, has a great article on “Siblings Can Support Each Other To Vote” on page 3. Also, page 4 and 5 describes the great work SABE has done for the Southern Collaborative Regional Self Advocacy Technical Assistance grant project called Our Community Standing Strong.  SLN is proud to be an Ally Advisory Committee member of this project and Emma Shouse represented the SLN at the Tennessee meeting.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) 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. Our 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. We provide information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

ASAN has released a helpful resource on supported decision-making. Learn more and access the resource.

Allies in Self Advocacy is a resource to learn what each state was doing around self-advocacy, help each state develop and present a state plan to strengthen their activities around this area, and develop national policy recommendations for AIDD and its partnering organizations. Overall, the purpose was to strengthen and enhance self-advocacy efforts in the states and nationally. The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) funded self-advocacy summit and leadership gatherings of self-advocates and partners to gather information around self-advocacy activities and policies in each of the 56 U.S. states and territories. Progress has continued beyond the summits, and all are welcome to join the ongoing efforts and conversations.

Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center – SARTACThe mission of Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) is to strengthen the self-advocacy movement by supporting self advocacy organizations to grow in diversity and leadership.

Our Community Standing Strong-Southern Collaborative Speaks

Our Community Standing Strong, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered Regional Self Advocacy Technical Assistance Center is excited to release a video blog series on issues of concern in the southern collaborative states participating in project. The Sibling Leadership Network is an Allie member of this Advisory Committee.

Impact Feature Issue on Self-Advocacy for People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates archived webinar series from SARTAC & AUCD

30 Years of Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (1987-2017)   A summary of data collected between 1987 and 2017, the book illustrates the progress made since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 31 years ago and the work yet to be done to achieve its promise.

Changing the Way We Care for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities VIDEO SERIES

The Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance presents:
Bridging the Gap Between Dreams and Reality

Self-advocacy, dreaming and achieving dreams truly improves the happiness and quality in our lives. As a Sib, learn about creating opportunities for self-advocacy as well as how to discover and celebrate dreams of your brothers and sisters. Stories of dreams and successes as well as low cost and no-cost creative approaches will be shared.

Click here to view the webinar.

Self-Determination, Empowerment and Informed Decision Making

SLN Board member Barb Sapharas has created this Self-Determination Handout that outlines strategies that self-advocates can use in seeking support.

Impact Feature Issue on Careers in The Arts for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities