This is MY Life

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Group or individual trainings on Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy for people 16 years and older who use DDD ServicesClick to download This is My Life Brochure

At Ability360, we believe self-determination and self-advocacy skills for people with developmental disabilities are very important. The This is MY Life (TIML) program encourages and teaches people 16 and older receiving services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (i.e. people who have Cerebral Palsy, a cognitive disability, autism, or epilepsy) to speak up so they can make more life choices and choose the direction of their own lives.

The TIML program is free and grant funded by the Arizona Department of Economic Security/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DES/DDD) and is for people 16 and older receiving DDD services.

Trainings on Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy Skills

Learn the skills to have a say in your own life, your supports and services. Individual or group classes available.

Self-Determination Classes

Self-Determination is making decisions and choices about YOUR life to gain more control over the things important to you.

A. Self-Determination – Making Choices
Discover the importance and practice how to make small & big choices. Learn about: the national movement; needs versus wants; ISP meeting choices; who can help; & community leadership roles.
B. Goal Planning – Dream it, Set Goals, Take Action!
What is a goal? Do you want to learn how to work towards something you want? Learn about: S.M.A.R.T. goals; goal setting; self check-ins; working around barriers; and asking for help.
C. Problem Solving
Do you have a problem? Learn about steps to solve a problem; asking for help; and things you can do about barriers.

Self-Advocacy Classes

Self-Advocacy is asking for the things YOU want and taking action to reach YOUR goals.

A. Self-Advocacy – Speaking Up For Yourself “The Basics”
Learn: What is a Self-Advocate? Self-Advocacy is a national movement. Why self-advocacy is important. How and where to self-advocate. Where to get help and how to work around barriers.
B. Self-Advocates in Action – Speaking Up For Yourself (2-Part Training)
Part 1 – Learn: What is a Self-Advocate? Self-Advocacy is a national movement. Why self-advocacy is important. How and where to self-advocate. Where to get help and how to work around barriers.
Part 2 – Quick review of part 1. Learn: Knowing myself makes me a better self-advocate. Know your rights and responsibilities. How I know people are listening. Getting help & working around barriers.
C. Believing in Yourself – Self-Esteem & Knowing Yourself
Get to know and feel good about yourself. Learn about positive self-talk, people first language, and friendships.
D. Communication – Saying What You Mean
Your words are powerful. Learn ways to use your words respectfully, I-statements, listening, accepting feedback, and how to get your point across.

 

How Do I Get Started?

Ask your Support Coordinator
for a referral or contact

Lynn Black, MSW-LCSW
This is MY Life Program Manager
602-443-0729 VM •  lynnb@ability360.org

Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities
TIML is funded and the property of
Arizona Department of Economic Security/DDD.
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