Building Self-Determination and Advocacy

Florida Self-Advocates Network'D (FLSAND) and Local Grassroots Groups

Florida Self-Advocates Network'D (FL SAND) is a statewide association of self-advocates led by self-advocates that exists to support advocacy efforts at the local and grassroots level, and to provide a united voice for statewide issues and topics that are important to self-advocates and all persons with disabilities in Florida. Florida SAND is a 501(c)(3) organization, currently supported by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.

Florida Self-Advocacy Alliance (FSAA)

Florida Self-Advocacy Central is administered under Florida SAND as the state’s go-to source for news and information related to self-advocacy. FSACentral is a bridge connecting all self-advocates with vital communication, education, and events intended to encourage and support them, their families, and all persons with disabilities across the state of Florida.

Partners In Policymaking (PIP)  

The purpose is to conduct outreach activities and trainings to promote self-determination for unserved and underserved Floridians with Developmental Disabilities in 3 areas of the state. Those targeted include individuals in rural areas, minorities and/or Spanish-speaking individuals, and those for whom English is a second language. Based on the needs assessment, training materials will be developed to promote self-determination, self-advocacy and independence.

Project SALT (Self-Advocates Leadership Training ) - Coming Soon! 

The Project SALT curriculum and train-the-trainer guide were developed, piloted, and implemented with the intended outcome of training self-advocates to train other individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become leaders. The training addresses self-determination disability issues and education of public policymakers. The curriculum and train-the-trainer guides have been completed and will soon be available for broader use.

The Route to Self-Determination - Coming Soon!   

The Route to Self-Determination currently consists of a curriculum and train-the-trainer materials developed over three years for the purposes of teaching individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities basic self-determination skills. Trainings have been held in various locations around the state, including targeted trainings for individuals in rural areas, minorities, Spanish-speaking individuals, and individuals for whom English is a second language. An online module is currently under development to make the training materials and curriculum more widely available for state-wide use.


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