Dear Members and Friends of Together for Choice:
Today, we launched a new Youtube video series called "My Life, My Choice" to address a wide range of needs and preferences of the intellectual and developmental disabilities community.
We have interviewed self-advocates, parents, providers and industry experts to share their real-life stories to demonstrate the importance of choice when it comes to where and with whom individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live, work and receive services.
Back in pre-pandemic days, we would organize advocacy trips to Capitol Hill to share your stories. Since we cannot travel to Washington anytime soon, we want to continue sharing your stories through Youtube and other digital platforms. If you have a story to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Please note that we are not professionally producing these videos. We are using DIY equipments and tools. We do not have professional writers or journalists. That being said, we are constantly learning and developing skills to improve the quality of these videos. If you would like to serve as a production volunteer, we would love to hear from you!
The first five episodes are listed below. We will be publishing more episodes in the near future, so please be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel, Together for Choice at email@example.com.
Please watch, like and share the videos and spread the word! Thank you!
Together for Choice
My Life, My Choice
Episode 1: Who decides where individuals with I/DD live and receive services? (Scott Mendel, Together for Choice)
Episode 2: The Reality of Adult Autism (Jill Escher, National Council of Severe Autism)
Episode 3: Conversations with Self-Advocates on Employment (Casey, Deb and Michelle, Misericordia and Baddour Center)
Episode 4: Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Tracy May, Opportunity Village)
Episode 5: An Overview of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule (Ashley Kim, Together for Choice)