Side by side Modules

Side by Side Modules have been created so that the people who receive support and the people who provide support can learn together.

Side by side Modules

Side by Side Modules have been created so that the people who receive support and the people who provide support can learn together.

  


About Abuse

About this module:

Abuse is everybody's business. That includes you. To help make sure you and others stay safe, you must be able to recognize abuse and respond to abuse by reporting your concerns. This module will help you to recognize abuse, and you will learn more about how, where, and when abuse happens. 


This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Steve Dymond, Roger Crown, Dave Hingsburger, and Tanya Carnell.

 

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


  • Explain what abuse is.

  • Describe different types of abuse.
  • Explain why abuse happens.
  • Understand where and when abuse can happen.
  • Understand that anyone can be an abuser.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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About Abuse

About this module:

Abuse is everybody's business. That includes you. To help make sure you and others stay safe, you must be able to recognize abuse and respond to abuse by reporting your concerns. This module will help you to recognize abuse, and you will learn more about how, where, and when abuse happens. 


This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Steve Dymond, Roger Crown, Dave Hingsburger, and Tanya Carnell.

 

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


  • Explain what abuse is.

  • Describe different types of abuse.
  • Explain why abuse happens.
  • Understand where and when abuse can happen.
  • Understand that anyone can be an abuser.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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About Autism

About this module:

This module will introduce you to autism.

 

This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Judith North, Simon Haywood, and Adele Mason.

 


  • Describe what autism is.

  • Understand what sensory difficulties are and explain how they affect people who have autism.
  • Explain the difficulties with social communication, relationships, and imagination that people with autism experience.
  • Understand how structure and routines can be helpful to people with autism.


Module Length: 33 Minutes

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About Autism

About this module:

This module will introduce you to autism.

 

This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Judith North, Simon Haywood, and Adele Mason.

 


  • Describe what autism is.

  • Understand what sensory difficulties are and explain how they affect people who have autism.
  • Explain the difficulties with social communication, relationships, and imagination that people with autism experience.
  • Understand how structure and routines can be helpful to people with autism.


Module Length: 33 Minutes

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About Being in Control

About this module:

This module explores why being in control of your own life is important. 

 

After finishing this module, you will be able to:

 

  • Describe what control is and why it is important.

  • Understand some of the things that may prevent you from being in control.

  • Explain the help you might need so you can be in control.

  • Understand that everyone can be in control.


  • Describe what control is and why it is important.

  • Understand some of the things that may prevent you from being in control.
  • Explain the help you might need so you can be in control.
  • Understand that everyone can be in control. 


Module Length: 28 Minutes

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About Being in Control

About this module:

This module explores why being in control of your own life is important. 

 

After finishing this module, you will be able to:

 

  • Describe what control is and why it is important.

  • Understand some of the things that may prevent you from being in control.

  • Explain the help you might need so you can be in control.

  • Understand that everyone can be in control.


  • Describe what control is and why it is important.

  • Understand some of the things that may prevent you from being in control.
  • Explain the help you might need so you can be in control.
  • Understand that everyone can be in control. 


Module Length: 28 Minutes

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About Friendships and Community

About this module:

You may have a lovely home in a nice community, but you could still be lonely. Some people with disabilities have experienced abuse and discrimination, and have been not allowed to have ordinary opportunities to be part of community life and to form friendships.



Building friendships and community can be a difficult, slow process, but everyone can be a great citizen and form wonderful friendships and loving partnerships. This module will introduce you to friendships and community.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Dave Hingsburger, Lynda Kahn, Margaret Cushen, and Steve Dymond.

 


  • Explain some of the challenges of developing friendships and community.

  • Discuss the different ways that people think about friendships and community.
  • Describe what friendships and community mean.
  • Explain the value and importance of friendships and community.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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About Friendships and Community

About this module:

You may have a lovely home in a nice community, but you could still be lonely. Some people with disabilities have experienced abuse and discrimination, and have been not allowed to have ordinary opportunities to be part of community life and to form friendships.



Building friendships and community can be a difficult, slow process, but everyone can be a great citizen and form wonderful friendships and loving partnerships. This module will introduce you to friendships and community.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Dave Hingsburger, Lynda Kahn, Margaret Cushen, and Steve Dymond.

 


  • Explain some of the challenges of developing friendships and community.

  • Discuss the different ways that people think about friendships and community.
  • Describe what friendships and community mean.
  • Explain the value and importance of friendships and community.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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About Person-Centered Planning

About this module:

This module will introduce you to person-centered planning and explain why planning may be helpful to you.



This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Beth Mount, Jack Pearpoint, and Dave Hasbury.

 


  • Explain what a person-centered plan is and how it can help you.

  • Understand what some of your gifts are and how they can help the planning process.
  • Discuss the different person-centered planning tools.
  • Understand how you can prepare for and control your meeting.
  • Explain what happens after a person-centered planning meeting and what support you might need.


Module Length: 36 Minutes

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About Person-Centered Planning

About this module:

This module will introduce you to person-centered planning and explain why planning may be helpful to you.



This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Beth Mount, Jack Pearpoint, and Dave Hasbury.

 


  • Explain what a person-centered plan is and how it can help you.

  • Understand what some of your gifts are and how they can help the planning process.
  • Discuss the different person-centered planning tools.
  • Understand how you can prepare for and control your meeting.
  • Explain what happens after a person-centered planning meeting and what support you might need.


Module Length: 36 Minutes

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Circle of Friends

About this module:

We all have and need people in our lives. A circle of friends is a good way to make your life better. This module describes how to start a circle of friends, how you can keep control over the process, and how a circle can help you in many different ways.



This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Jack Pearpoint, Patti Scott, Doug Smith, and Tyrone Towers.

 


  • Describe what a circle of friends is and how it could help you.

  • Explain who takes part in a circle.
  • Understand how to find and invite people to be part of your circle.
  • Explain how to keep a positive circle.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Circle of Friends

About this module:

We all have and need people in our lives. A circle of friends is a good way to make your life better. This module describes how to start a circle of friends, how you can keep control over the process, and how a circle can help you in many different ways.



This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Jack Pearpoint, Patti Scott, Doug Smith, and Tyrone Towers.

 


  • Describe what a circle of friends is and how it could help you.

  • Explain who takes part in a circle.
  • Understand how to find and invite people to be part of your circle.
  • Explain how to keep a positive circle.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Employment Part 1: Thinking About Employment

About this module:

This module will help you to think more about the employment. The module will explain the different things that might make it difficult for you to find a job, as well as the benefits and importance of employment.



This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Fredda Rosen, Steve Dymond, and Jack Pearpoint.

 


  • Understand the different things 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 that you would like to think about more.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Employment Part 1: Thinking About Employment

About this module:

This module will help you to think more about the employment. The module will explain the different things that might make it difficult for you to find a job, as well as the benefits and importance of employment.



This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Fredda Rosen, Steve Dymond, and Jack Pearpoint.

 


  • Understand the different things 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 that you would like to think about more.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Employment Part 2: Types of Employment

About this module:

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 features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Fredda Rosen, Katrina Reese, Steve Dymond, and Brad Goldman. 

 


  • 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.
  • Describe the meaning of self-employment and the different types of small business opportunities.


Module Length: 34 Minutes

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Employment Part 2: Types of Employment

About this module:

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 features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Fredda Rosen, Katrina Reese, Steve Dymond, and Brad Goldman. 

 


  • 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.
  • Describe the meaning of self-employment and the different types of small business opportunities.


Module Length: 34 Minutes

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Employment Part 3: Finding and Keeping Employment

About this module:

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


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  • 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.


Module Length: 33 Minutes

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Employment Part 3: Finding and Keeping Employment

About this module:

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


supported employment, work, working, jobs, job,
  • 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.


Module Length: 33 Minutes

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Finding and Building Community

About this module:

This module will help you to understand the many ways to find out who are the people, where are the places, and what happens in your community.



This module will help you to explain how you can use your interests and the things you are good at to give back to and build your place in your community.

 


  • Understand the many ways to find out who are the people, where are the places, and what happens in your community.

  • Explain how you can use your interests and the things you are good at to give back to and build your place in your community.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Finding and Building Community

About this module:

This module will help you to understand the many ways to find out who are the people, where are the places, and what happens in your community.



This module will help you to explain how you can use your interests and the things you are good at to give back to and build your place in your community.

 


  • Understand the many ways to find out who are the people, where are the places, and what happens in your community.

  • Explain how you can use your interests and the things you are good at to give back to and build your place in your community.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Finding and Building Friendships

About this module:

This module shares some ways that you can find and make friends.



This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Beth Mount, Steve Dymond, Harvey Pacht, and Dave Hasbury.

 


  • Describe a range of ways to find and build friendships.

  • Explain the different skills needed to make and keep good friends.
  • Understand the basics of keeping yourself safe when making new friends.


Module Length: 36 Minutes

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Finding and Building Friendships

About this module:

This module shares some ways that you can find and make friends.



This module features presentations from a range of leading professionals and self-advocates, including Beth Mount, Steve Dymond, Harvey Pacht, and Dave Hasbury.

 


  • Describe a range of ways to find and build friendships.

  • Explain the different skills needed to make and keep good friends.
  • Understand the basics of keeping yourself safe when making new friends.


Module Length: 36 Minutes

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My Rights

About this module:

This module will explain what some of your most important rights are.




  • Understand what rights are and why they are important.

  • Explain some of the most important rights.
  • Discuss ways to protect and build your own rights.
  • Understand when and why rights may be limited.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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My Rights

About this module:

This module will explain what some of your most important rights are.




  • Understand what rights are and why they are important.

  • Explain some of the most important rights.
  • Discuss ways to protect and build your own rights.
  • Understand when and why rights may be limited.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Our Great Working Relationship, Part 1

About this module:

This module is the first part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship.



The relationship between you and your staff can be confusing. People are paid to work with you. But it's not a one-way street, and as this module will explain, you actually need to be equal partners.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Patti Scott, Jeremy Donaldson, and Natalia Manning.

 


  • Understand what it means to be in charge and how to provide the people who work with you the support they need.

  • Explain the role of support staff.
  • Describe why you should be involved with "each other's people."
  • Explain why good staff blend in and what that means.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Our Great Working Relationship, Part 1

About this module:

This module is the first part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship.



The relationship between you and your staff can be confusing. People are paid to work with you. But it's not a one-way street, and as this module will explain, you actually need to be equal partners.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Patti Scott, Jeremy Donaldson, and Natalia Manning.

 


  • Understand what it means to be in charge and how to provide the people who work with you the support they need.

  • Explain the role of support staff.
  • Describe why you should be involved with "each other's people."
  • Explain why good staff blend in and what that means.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Our Great Working Relationship, Part 2

About this module:

This Side by Side module is the second part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship.



Any good relationship requires work, care, and attention so that it can continue to grow and develop. This module will look at what both you and your support staff need to help your relationship strengthen and grow over time.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Patti Scott, Jeremy Donaldson, and Natalia Manning.

 


  • Understand how you can support and grow a better relationship between you and your support staff.

  • Explain what makes effective communication.
  • Describe some ways to deal with conflicts and differences.
  • Explain the importance of compromise.
  • Understand ways to best support and appreciate each other.
  • Understand the boundaries of the relationship.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Our Great Working Relationship, Part 2

About this module:

This Side by Side module is the second part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship.



Any good relationship requires work, care, and attention so that it can continue to grow and develop. This module will look at what both you and your support staff need to help your relationship strengthen and grow over time.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Patti Scott, Jeremy Donaldson, and Natalia Manning.

 


  • Understand how you can support and grow a better relationship between you and your support staff.

  • Explain what makes effective communication.
  • Describe some ways to deal with conflicts and differences.
  • Explain the importance of compromise.
  • Understand ways to best support and appreciate each other.
  • Understand the boundaries of the relationship.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Our Great Working Relationship, Part 3

About this module:

This Side by Side module is the third part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship.



Power is the ability to control how things happen. Being in charge of our life gives us power. As we grow up and gradually get more control over our lives, we also learn about the responsibility that comes along with it. But it does not matter how much power and responsibility we assume - none of us are able to live totally independently. We all need the support of others to get by.

 

This module will discuss some of the things you can think about when taking charge of your own life and some of the ways your staff can support you as you gradually learn the balance of power, control, responsibility, and interdependence.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Patti Scott, Jeremy Donaldson, and Natalia Manning.

 


  • Understand what it means to be in the "driver’s seat" of your life.

  • Learn the role of responsibility.
  • Understand the right to fail.
  • Learn how to see and understand each other's gifts.
  • Understand why we should never assume.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Our Great Working Relationship, Part 3

About this module:

This Side by Side module is the third part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you and the people who support you learn how to have a great working relationship.



Power is the ability to control how things happen. Being in charge of our life gives us power. As we grow up and gradually get more control over our lives, we also learn about the responsibility that comes along with it. But it does not matter how much power and responsibility we assume - none of us are able to live totally independently. We all need the support of others to get by.

 

This module will discuss some of the things you can think about when taking charge of your own life and some of the ways your staff can support you as you gradually learn the balance of power, control, responsibility, and interdependence.

 

This module features presentations from many leading professionals and self-advocates, including Patti Scott, Jeremy Donaldson, and Natalia Manning.

 


  • Understand what it means to be in the "driver’s seat" of your life.

  • Learn the role of responsibility.
  • Understand the right to fail.
  • Learn how to see and understand each other's gifts.
  • Understand why we should never assume.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Preventing Abuse and Staying Safe

About this module:

This module will explain how you can prevent abuse and stay safe.




  • Understand what being safe and having freedom means.

  • Explain how to report abuse.
  • Describe how to prevent abuse.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Preventing Abuse and Staying Safe

About this module:

This module will explain how you can prevent abuse and stay safe.




  • Understand what being safe and having freedom means.

  • Explain how to report abuse.
  • Describe how to prevent abuse.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy, Part 1

About this module:

This module is the first part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help people to have good healthy relationships.


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  • Understand what give-and-take and sharing and caring mean in a relationship.

  • Explain some different ways that two people can be nice to each other.
  • Understand how to respect and take care of another person’s feelings.
  • Explain what consent means and what it means in terms of sex.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy, Part 1

About this module:

This module is the first part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help people to have good healthy relationships.


hingsburger, relationships, sexuality, sex,
  • Understand what give-and-take and sharing and caring mean in a relationship.

  • Explain some different ways that two people can be nice to each other.
  • Understand how to respect and take care of another person’s feelings.
  • Explain what consent means and what it means in terms of sex.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy, Part 2

About this module:

This module is the second part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you become more comfortable with dating.




  • Describe how, where, and when you might meet someone.

  • Understand the importance of getting to know, liking, and spending time with people first.
  • Explain how to ask someone out.
  • Describe good ways of dealing with rejection.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy, Part 2

About this module:

This module is the second part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you become more comfortable with dating.




  • Describe how, where, and when you might meet someone.

  • Understand the importance of getting to know, liking, and spending time with people first.
  • Explain how to ask someone out.
  • Describe good ways of dealing with rejection.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy, Part 3

About this module:

This module is the third part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you to learn the rules around being sexual with another person.



After completing this module, you will be able to:

 


  • Understand what it means to be intimate with another person.

  • Explain that you only become intimate with and have sex with another person when you both have made a decision to do so.
  • Describe why it matters when and where you have sex and the importance of being safe.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy, Part 3

About this module:

This module is the third part in a three-part series. It has been designed to help you to learn the rules around being sexual with another person.



After completing this module, you will be able to:

 


  • Understand what it means to be intimate with another person.

  • Explain that you only become intimate with and have sex with another person when you both have made a decision to do so.
  • Describe why it matters when and where you have sex and the importance of being safe.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Talk About Constipation

About this module:

Poo or poop or number two? Whatever you call it this fun module will help you to learn, talk, and most important laugh about it!

This module features contributions from people with disabilities and songs bu Peter Leidy.

 

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


  • Explain what constipation is.

  • Understand and accept who you are.
  • Understand what causes constipation and how to prevent constipation.
  • Tell someone if you are constipated.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Talk About Constipation

About this module:

Poo or poop or number two? Whatever you call it this fun module will help you to learn, talk, and most important laugh about it!

This module features contributions from people with disabilities and songs bu Peter Leidy.

 

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


  • Explain what constipation is.

  • Understand and accept who you are.
  • Understand what causes constipation and how to prevent constipation.
  • Tell someone if you are constipated.


Module Length: 30 Minutes

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Who Am I?

About this module:

This module will help you to know, accept, and like who you are.



This module includes video presentations from Dave Hingsburger, Samantha Hughes, and John Elkin. 

 


  • Explain what disability does and does not mean.

  • Understand and accept who you are.
  • Use words to confidently describe who you are.
  • Explain how to like who you are.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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Who Am I?

About this module:

This module will help you to know, accept, and like who you are.



This module includes video presentations from Dave Hingsburger, Samantha Hughes, and John Elkin. 

 


  • Explain what disability does and does not mean.

  • Understand and accept who you are.
  • Use words to confidently describe who you are.
  • Explain how to like who you are.


Module Length: 35 Minutes

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