Understanding and Promoting Rights

This module presents a clear and matter-of-fact approach to the rights of the people we support. Beyond describing and defining rights, this module gives the user first hand knowledge and expertise on how to maintain and promote the rights of the person they support.

This module includes video presentations from Dave Hingsburger, Simon Duffy, Gary Kent, Roger Crown, Steve Dymond, Sam Sly, Doreen Kelly, Fredda Rosen, Margaret Cushen, Bernard Carabello, and Beth Mount.


On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:


    • Define what rights are, and understand the difference between legal and moral rights.
    • Describe the disability rights movement.
    • Describe human rights as developed by the United Nations.
    • Explain how to support the rights of the people you support, including those with multiple and profound disabilities.
    • Explain how rights interact with responsibilities, decision-making, risk, power and control.
    • Detail how, why, and in what circumstances rights may be limited or taken away.
    • Describe the different types of advocacy and the six important principles and other skills that relate to advocacy and your own role.
    • Explain how to help people make choices.
    • Describe the benefits and role of person-centered planning.

Three Steps to Employment

We have broken down the steps to employment into three bite size modules that take 30 minutes each to complete. Watch the trailers below and read more about all of our Side by Side modules here.

Step 1. Thinking About Employment

This module will help you to think more about the employment.  The module will explain obstacles that might make it difficult to find a job, as well as the benefits and importance of employment.  This module features presentations from a range of leading professional and self-advocates, including Fredda Rosen, Steve Dymond, and Jack Pearpoint.

After finishing this module, you will be able to:

– Understand the obstacles that might make it difficult for you to find a job.

– Explain the many benefits and the importance of employment,

– Discuss whether employment is something you would like to think about more.

Step 2. Types of Employment

If you are thinking about employment, it is good to know that there are lots of different options and different ways that you can start work.  This module explains the following types of employment: unpaid work, paid employment, customized employment, and sef-employment.

This module features presentations from a range of leading professions and self advocates including: Fredda Rosen, Katrina Reese, Steve Dymond, and Brad Goldman.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

– Understand the benefits and risks of unpaid work.

– Describe what paid employment is.

– Explain what customized employment is and how it is different from traditional employment.

Step 3. Finding and Keeping Employment

This module will explain how you can find and keep employment.

This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates including Jack Pearpoint, Harvey Pacht, Rachel Pollack, and Fredda Rosen.

After completing this module, you will be ale to:

– Understand who can help you to find employment and how they can help you.

– Explain the importance of the discovery process and the need to plan with others.

– Describe the process of applying and interviewing for employment.

– Explain how you can keep a job once you have found one.