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Training and Technical Assistance

Our purpose is always to help people with developmental disabilities to become strong self-advocates. To help people succeed, we can facilitate meetings of people with developmental disabilities and provide training or technical assistance on a many different topics. 

For example, we can provide training or technical assistance on

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Self-Determination
  • Leadership
  • Planning a Presentation
  • Giving a Presentation
  • Evaluating State Service Systems
  • Planning and Acting to Change Service Systems
  • Setting Up Peer Support Networks
  • Developing Healthy Friendships and Romantic Relationships

We also help self-advocacy groups to get stronger.  To learn more about that, visit our Power Up page.

We have worked with self-advocates and their allies in several states.  Examples include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  In addition, we have presented at numerous conferences throughout the United States.

In your state, we can:

  • Work directly with self-advocates to provide instruction,
  • Prepare support staff to work directly with self-advocates,
  • Work with teams of self-advocates and support staff, or
  • Design an instructional format to fit your state’s unique needs.

Sessions can involve brief presentations or extended training conducted over several months. The number of session participants will be limited depending on the demands of the session.

Two members of our team provide the training, one a self-advocate and the other a staff member from the Human Services Research Institute.


Terms are negotiable based on your needs and the expenses we anticipate. After talking with you, our team will develop a proposal for your review to describe the training that will be offered and its cost. All terms are subject to mutual approval.


Have questions about the training and technical assistance we offer?  Contact Yoshi Kardell at 503-924-3783 ext. 18 or email at