Welcome to Proud & Supported

Proud & Supported is a project to support LGBTQ+ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and more. The project is funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. The project will last 3 years.

The organizations working on the project are:

  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Burton Blatt Institute
  • National Alliance for Disability Service Providers

Learn more about the organizations

The project will offer training and resources to these groups:

  • direct support professionals (support workers)
  • people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
  • family members of people with IDD
  • anyone else who wants to attend

The project will talk about things like:

  • What being LGBTQ+ is
  • The different ways people can identify and present themselves
  • What different kinds of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people there are
  • What stereotypes are and why they are bad
  • How to find community and support

The project will support people through things like:

  • Online trainings about how to support LGBTQ+ people with IDD.
  • Providing Easy Read and plain language resources on different topics for LGBTQ+ people with IDD.
  • In-person trainings, when it is safe to have in-person trainings. These trainings will be in New York State. The trainings will be for support workers. The trainings will talk about how to support LGBTQ+ people with IDD.

We called the project Proud and Supported. Because we want LGBTQ+ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to feel proud of who they are. Proud to be a self-advocate, and proud to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. We want everyone to feel supported. Supported as a self-advocate, and supported as a LGBTQ+ person. That is our goal.

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Training