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Knowing your rights and the laws that protect them

Americans with Disabilities Act Fact Sheet
https://outandabout.ctb.ku.edu/wp-content/uploads/ADA-Fact-Sheet-tagged-version.pdf
Learn about this landmark civil rights act for people with disabilities.

2010 Standards for Accessible Design Fact Sheet
https://outandabout.ctb.ku.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010-ADA-Standards-Fact-Sheet-tagged-version.pdf
Learn about the regulations for accessible buildings and facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Fair Housing Act Fact Sheet
https://outandabout.ctb.ku.edu/wp-content/uploads/Fair-Housing-Act-Fact-Sheet-tagged-version.pdf
Learn about this law that protects the rights of people with disabilities when seeking housing.

Olmstead U.S. Supreme Court Decision Fact Sheet
https://outandabout.ctb.ku.edu/wp-content/uploads/Olmstead-Decision-Fact-Sheet-tagged-version.pdf
Learn about this legal decision that supports the rights of people with disabilities to live in
community settings rather than institutions.

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet
https://outandabout.ctb.ku.edu/wp-content/uploads/Affordable-Care-Act-Fact-Sheet-tagged-version.pdf
Learn about this law that increases opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain health coverage.

Help America Vote Act Fact Sheet
https://outandabout.ctb.ku.edu/wp-content/uploads/Help-America-Vote-Act-Fact-Sheet-tagged-version.pdf
Learn how this law helps to make the voting system more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Advocating for your needs

Learn about Self-Advocacy: Speaking Up, Self-Advocacy Online
http://www.selfadvocacyonline.org/learning/speakingup/
Watch these online training videos to learn how and when to speak up for your rights. Learn about the benefits of self-advocacy.

Writing Letters to the Editor, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/direct-action/letters-to-editor/main
This resource provides information about the what, why, when, and how of writing letters to the editor of a newspaper, magazine or newsletter. Find tips and examples of how to advocate by writing a letter to the editor.

Advocacy: Survival Skills for Advocates, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/advocacy/advocacy-principles/survival-skills/main
This resource explains how to advocate and be successful when things get tough. Find tips and tools for keeping up your work for change.

Advocacy, Living Well in the Community session
http://healthycommunityliving.com/LWC/user/login
Learn the basics of self-advocacy and group advocacy.
* For this online session, you will need the username and password provided by your CIL staff. Sign in and select the Advocacy session.

Self-advocacy, Community Living Skills session
http://healthycommunityliving.com/CLS/user/login
This online training session provides examples on how self-advocacy has helped people with disabilities in the community. Follow this online session to learn about becoming an advocate for your needs.
* For this online session, you will need the username and password provided by your CIL staff. Sign in and select the Self-advocacy session.

Advocacy Tool Kit, Skills and Strategies for Effective Self and Peer Advocacy, Disability Rights Wisconsin
https://www.brainline.org/sites/default/files/Advocacy%20Tool%20Kit_2007.pdf
This resource is a comprehensive tool kit for learning about self-advocacy, building an advocacy plan and effective strategies for advocating for your needs. For local resources on advocacy opportunities and organizations and state specific policies, contact your local CIL.

Requesting accommodations

Work- How To Request and Negotiate an Accommodation at Work
http://www.survivorshipatoz.org/hiv/articles/work-how-to-request-and-negotiate-an-accommodation/
This resource walks you through the steps on how to get an accommodation at work.

Employees' Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Job Accommodation Network
http://www.osec.doc.gov/ocr/CivilRights/Disability%20Docs/EeGuide.pdf
Find answers to common questions about requesting a work accommodation and guidance in getting the assistance you need.

Disability Identity – Accommodations, Community Living Skills session
http://healthycommunityliving.com/CLS/user/login
This portion of the online session, Disability Identity, may help you recognize what your disability means to you, and what accommodations you need to have in order to be successful.
* For this online session, you will need the username and password provided by your CIL staff. Sign in and select the Disability Identity session.

Disability Identity - Disclosure, Community Living Skills session
http://healthycommunityliving.com/CLS/user/login
This portion of the online session, Disability Identity, may help you deciding when and when not to share information about your disability with others.
* For this online session, you will need the username and password provided by your CIL staff. Sign in and select the Disability Identity session.

Engaging in systems advocacy

Advocacy - Group Advocacy, Living Well in the Community session
http://healthycommunityliving.com/LWC/user/login
This portion of the online session, Advocacy, provides the basics about group advocacy and the benefits of working with others to make a difference.
* For this online session, you will need the username and password provided by your CIL staff. Sign in and select the Advocacy session.

Advocating for Change, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/advocating-change
This resource provides examples on how people have advocated for change in their communities and outlines the steps you can take to do systems advocacy.

Getting Issues on the Public Agenda, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/getting-issues-on-the-public-agenda
Watch these five sections on systems advocacy to learn the skills to create change. The examples provided here are associated with community health and development but can easily be translated to issues you are passionate about.

Best Change Processes, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/best-change-processes
Learn about 12 of the best activities to make change in the community. These processes are supported by research and can give you some ideas about systems advocacy, from establishing a vision to sustaining the work you achieve.

Social Action, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/promotion-strategies/systems-advocacy-and-community-organizing/main
This resource describes what social action is and the ways to take action, with others, in your community.

Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/promotion-strategies/start-a-coaltion/main
Coalition Building II: Maintaining a Coalition, Community Toolbox
https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/promotion-strategies/maintain-a-coalition/main
Use these resources to learn about creating and maintaining a coalition. Learn the steps to connect with others who are passionate about the same things you are and working with them to achieve a common goal.

 

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