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Self-Advocates Train Others On Rights And Responsibilities
November 24, 2003

MARSHALL, MISSOURI--People First of Missouri, a self-advocacy organization made up of people with developmental disabilities, has put together a training curriculum called "My Voice, My Choice".

The curriculum was developed with the help of chapter members and advisors. It focuses on educating professionals and people with disabilities about rights and responsibilities.

"You have to learn how to tell people what you want, because sometimes that's hard," said Kelly Ray, who is a People First member and one of the course instructors. "It's teaching me to speak up and get what I need, plus I'm trying to tell people how to learn it and apply it to their lives so they can teach other people."

Teams from five chapters will be training others across the state, according to a story in Monday's Marshall Democrat-News.

"People First of Marshall teaches new curriculum" (Marshall Democrat-News)
"People First of Missouri"


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