Proud and Supported Series

Definitions and Beyond

There are many ways to identify. Everyone is different and that’s good! This guide, “Definitions and Beyond,” will explain some of the ways people identify. Maybe you are LGBTQ+ and want to learn more about the community, or maybe you are looking for ways to be an ally. With this guide, you can learn more and help make the world a better place for LGBTQ+ people!

This guide 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 if you feel bad about being different

And more!

The toolkit is available in two versions:

Our Easy Read edition. The Easy Read version uses pictures along with large text, and has more white space. Click here to download the Easy Read version of “Definitions and Beyond.”

A Plain Language version without accompanying graphics. Click here to download the Plain Language version of “Definitions and Beyond.”

This resource was made possible due to generous funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC). It was developed in collaboration with the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Burton-Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

If you used this resource, please take our short survey!

Rights and Respect

LGBTQ+ people deserve to be treated with respect, just like everyone else! If you are LGBTQ+, you deserve to be treated with respect by everyone in your life — including the people who support you. That’s why we made a new guide for LGBTQ+ autistic people called Rights and Respect! This guide will help you figure out what to do if you aren’t being respected. This guide will talk about things like:

  • What are my legal rights?
  • Why is fighting for rights important?
  • What does it look like when a support worker respects me?
  • What can I do if my support worker isn’t respecting me?

And more!

It can be hard when someone doesn’t respect you.  Now more than ever, we all need to keep fighting for our rights. We hope you’ll use this toolkit and share it widely so we can speak up and talk about discrimination when it happens. Let’s fight for our right to respect!

The toolkit is available in two versions:

Our Easy Read edition. The Easy Read version uses pictures along with large text, and has more white space. Click here to download the Easy Read version of “Rights and Respect.”

A Plain Language version without accompanying graphics. Click here to download the Plain Language version of “Rights and Respect.”

Easy Read Edition

The Easy Read Edition is split into parts. Each part has its own Words to Know section, and there is also a separate Words to Know part with all of the terms from every section.

Select the title of any of the parts below to download it:

  1. Part 1: To Start
  2. Part 2: What are my rights
  3. Part 3: We have to fight for our rights
  4. Part 4: What are my rights with a support worker
  5. Part 5: What can you do if a support worker doesn’t respect your rights
  6. Part 6: Self-Care
  7. Part 7: Words to Know

Click here to download the entire Easy Read version of “Rights and Respect.”

This resource was made possible due to generous funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC). It was developed in collaboration with the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Burton-Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

If you used this resource, please take our short survey!