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April 2014



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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is gearing up for the summer and is excited to share upcoming webinars with you. These webinars are trainings for self advocate group leaders.





April 22nd 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Strategies to Combat Media Misrepresentations
Often times, media will say negative things about people with disabilities that end up harming our community. This webinar will explore community organizing strategies and effective messaging to respond to negative portrayals and perspectives of people with disabilities.



April 29th 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
What to Do When Your Allies Aren’t Really Your Allies 
This webinar will explore the roles for allies within self-advocacy organizations. The following questions will be addressed: What do we mean by ‘allyship?’ What are the roles of allies within self-advocacy organizations? What happens when ‘allies’ do not listen to our requests? Power dynamics and conflict resolution within self-advocacy groups and organizations. How do we ensure self-advocates voices and experiences are centralized?



Not too late to register! To sign up for the SPRING series, visit www.autisticadvocacy.org/2014webinars








May 13 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Project Coordination 101: Learning the Basics of Running an Effective Project
Self Advocacy groups can get funding by signing up to coordinate projects. This is often done by contracting with a funder to accomplish a certain task, like checking accessibility of polling places, hosting a training series, or holding focus groups. Groups have told us that they want to develop more project coordination skills. We will talk about how to run, staff, and organize a project. Topics include creating a project proposal, timeline, budget, how to implement your project plan, and strategies for overcoming challenges that may arise. 



June 10 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST 
Balancing Act: Delegation & Power Dyanmics within Groups
Self Advocates often try to do everything themselves, but we become more powerful when we can share responsibility and tasks. This webinar will examine how groups can practice delegation (assigning tasks to others) and talk about models of power sharing within groups.  These guidelines and techniques will help lead to more effective leadership skills, group management and group dynamics.



July 8 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Unveiling a New Resource for Self Advocates

Imagine if you had a book of interview questions, templates of acceptance / rejection letters, press releases, and more. ASAN is launching a book of templates and scripts self advocates can use in their work. We will unveil the book at our July 8th webinar and use different tactics, like roleplaying scenarios, to go over the book together. 



August 26 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Fantastic Facilitation: Leading Effective, Inclusive Meetings
Come learn important facilitation tips such as how to construct an effective agenda to stay on task and the creation of ground rules to ensure effective group management and participation. We will also talk about how to use meetings to advance an agenda (for example a meeting with a policymaker).  



To register, visit autisticadvocacy.org.


These webinars are open to Self Advocates across the country and are organized by ASAN’s Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy project. ASAN thanks the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for funding our training series. 

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