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This Handbook, developed by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), provides guidelines to help assure that self advocates can participate in meeting discussions and contribute in meaningful ways by expressing their own points of view. Click on the "Web Links" tab above to download the entire guide as a PDF.

Here is an excerpt taken from the opening paragraph:

"...NASDDDS member state agency directors recognize the importance of consumer participation and are unanimous in their commitment to involving persons receiving support in policy-related discussions at both the national and state levels. Although there is little disagreement that self-advocates should take part in appropriate Association activities, the goal has been difficult to achieve with consistency. The lack of an established policy governing self-advocate involvement has led to an uneven pattern of participation and uncertainty regarding the Association’s interests and motives with respect to this issue. These guidelines have been developed to underscore NASDDDS’ commitment to self-advocacy. They are written to provide a framework for involving recipients of state-funded developmental disabilities (DD) services in appropriate Association sponsored activities where issues affecting their interests are being discussed."

The contents are organized into the following sections:
- Introduction
- Issues and Challenges
- General Meeting Guidelines
- Final Thoughts

The guide has the following appendices:
- Resources for Conducting Accessible Meetings and Presentations
- Checklist for Involving People with Developmental Disabilities
in Meetings and Presentations

In addition to the information above, the handbook also includes a resource list of additional advice on including people with developmental disabilities in meetings and presentations.

This guide was developed for NASDDDS members to assist them in involving recipients of state-funded developmental disabilities (DD) services in appropriate Association sponsored activities. The guide is also relevant to other organizations and meetings where issues affecting individuals with developmental disabilities' interests are being discussed.
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