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The Riot! - Issue 34

‘What’s in YOUR Cookbook? Tips and Tricks to Spice Up Self-Advocacy’... Read More

The Riot! - Issue 24

This issue of The Riot! is dedicated to how the world SHOULD be for self-advocates. Everything from People First language being the law of the land to using the ‘R’ words gets your mouth washed out with soap. Get ready for a fun ride into the future life of self-advocacy! The Riot! is a quarterly international e-newsletter written by and for self-advocates. It’s edgy, fun, informative and promotes strong self-advocacy.... Read More


Please help us! We want to hear from self-advocates from around the country about their self-advocacy groups. Self-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves. If you are a self-advocate AND a member of a self-advocacy group, please fill out this survey. Take the Survey!... Read More

Self-advocates release report on the meaning of community living to advise policy

Self-advocates from the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN), Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), and the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) have released their report on the meaning of community living to advise policy.... Read More

The Riot! - Issue 35

A special edition focused on the new HCBS rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read More

The Riot! - Issue 34

Welcome to our What’s in YOUR Cookbook? Issue. Ever heard the old saying, “Too many cooks can spoil the stew”? This Riot issue asks all of us this question and many more. Do we have the right ingredients for self-advocacy to be successful? What does it really take to make self-advocacy a powerful movement? Do the advisors run it all? Will the government recognize self-advocates and give us the money we need to teach and support self-advocacy? What skills do we have and what skills do we need to prove we are ready? Can you leave us alone in the kitchen or at least let us choose who we trust to mentor or guide us? Download Issue 34You can visit The Riot! website here: Read More

Now Available! Papers from the Community Access Unlimited Symposium

Last fall, HSRI President Val Bradley helped facilitate the Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Social Movement Symposium, where participants and speakers explored trends in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities—including participant direction, self-advocacy, self-determination, technology, and managed care—and discussed ways to help expand a progressive inclusion movement to improve people’s lives. Speakers included Ari Ne’eman from the Autism Self Advocacy Network, Ansley Bacon and David O’Hara from Westchester Institute for Human Development, and Kevin Mahoney from the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services.... Read More

Launch of new website focused on self-direction in mental health

The Human Services Research Institute and Applied Self Direction, the new home for the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, are pleased to announce the release of a new website,, with information and research findings on self-direction, a relatively new approach to recovery for people with serious mental health conditions. ... Read More

NCI Annual Report 2007-2008

This report provides detailed state system performance data on individual outcomes, including employment, community participation, choice and decision making; health, welfare and rights covering personal safety, self advocacy and use of medications; family outcomes, addressing information and planning, choice and control and access to support; and other dimensions such as staff stability and competency, and system performance. Intended to be used in combination with other quality measures such as critical incident reporting, risk assessment and provider monitoring, the NCI indicators are standardized and risk adjusted to permit state to state comparisons and performance benchmarking against national norms. Many states include NCI data as a core component of their CMS mandated waiver program quality management strategy. Currently over thirty state developmental disabilities agencies gather NCI data on a regular basis and the program continues to grow as new states join each year.... Read More

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