Informative Videos

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This is NOT My Choice!

Sometimes people mean well when they make choices for others. But what works well for one person doesn’t always work for everyone. Before we decide what is best for individuals with disabilities and take away their choices, we need to listen to them.

CLICK THE PHOTO TO WATCH THIS POWERFUL VIDEO!

I Will Not be Collateral Damage!

“Everything that takes away my voice could destroy my life.”

A-Team is giving people with disabilities a voice. They are educating lawmakers and the public that our friends and families deserve the freedom to choose how they live and work.

CLICK THE PHOTO TO LISTEN TO THEIR VOICES!

Why You Should Join the A-Team

Meet some of the first A-Team families. Their voices have made a HUGE difference and yours will too! Remember – a supported, center-based work program IS ALSO A VITAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY!

CLICK THE PHOTO TO WATCH THIS 5-MINUTE PRESENTATION!

A Voice For Severe Autism

People with disabilities are not one and the same. There are many types of disabilities and many levels of severity.  People with severe disabilities deserve to have a quality of life, including the choice to live and work in developmentally appropriate settings. This video illustrates what severe autism can look like and why we need to advocate for A FULLY ARRAY of disability services and supports. 

Be Aware  Campaign!

Let these voices be heard! Take a few minutes to video tape your loved ones sharing information that will help others gain awareness about the plight of disability services! Share your clip with A-Team USA’s Noah Morris  nmorris@oppinc.com by March 16, 2022. Otherwise, stay tuned for the complete video document once it is released! 

CLICK THE PHOTO TO WATCH THIS PREVIEW VIDEO!

This is MY LIFE!

“Please don’t take away my choice!”

This upbeat, but informative video shows people with I/DD doing what they love, which in many cases includes a fully supported workplace. We need to allow them their own CHOICE of where to live and work.

CLICK THE PHOTO TO LISTEN TO THEIR VOICES!

Articles, Podcasts, and Other Resources

  

  

Myths & Facts About Supported Employment for People with I/DD

This powerful resource tool lists myths & facts about “subminimum” wages and “sheltered workshops” that have been terribly misunderstood by the public.

– A-Team MN and Voice of Reason

  

  

One Size Does NOT Fit All, 2021

People with disabilities deserve the right to choose from a full array of residential options, including congregate Assisted Living  housing, just like everyone else.

– New York Times (David Axelrod)

 

  

Autism in California, 2020

Alarming statistics and information about the increasing number of people with severe autism, requiring a hard look at how we will care for them in the future.

– Autism Society San Francisco Bay

  

What is the “14c” Law?

Here is the actual text to the sadly misunderstood  productivity based commensurate wage law that allows opportunities for people who are not successful in competitive employment to work?

– Scroll to pp. 48-50 (Sec. 214c)

  

Dangerous Logic

“I don’t want X so no one should have X” is the logic used in many of today’s disability policies. Ms. Lutz explores why  decision making regarding which types of placements to pay for and prioritize is based on values rather than data.

– Psychology Today  (Amy S. Lutz)

 

Why Should I Care?  Critical Issues Regarding Services for People with IDD

Find out which services for people with severe disabilities are most threatened and why your help is so desperately needed! 

– A-Team Minnesota

Reverse Field of Dreams Fallacy in Disability Policy  

Even if we don’t build it, they will still come . . .  services for the severely disabled are rapidly disappearing as needs are continuing to increase.

– Psychology Today (Amy Lutz)

 

MNFAC Position Paper 

An in-depth look at the 14(c) provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its impact. 

– Susan Hankner & MNFAC

Congregate Residential Options

This is an outstanding service model showing why we need to expand choices so people with severe disabilities can enjoy a better quality of life. 

– Annondale Village, Suwannee, GA

A-Team USA You Tube Videos   

Keep informed with monthly updates and other videos produced by A-Team USA.

A-Team You-Tube Link

Should I Hire Someone With a Disability?     

 An interview with Opportunity Partners, a disability service agency in Minnetonka, MN, that supports a full array of disability service options.   (Podcast)

– Bill Schultz, businessradiox.com S