During our Introduction workshop, we cover the following topics. Click on whatever interests you most, or click the next button to follow the same sequence as our workshop.
What is a disability? You might think a person would simply be disabled or not. That would make sense, but it's not true. Different agencies have different definitions of what it means to be disabled. This section will explain the different types of disabilities and what it requires to qualify for services from schools, social services and other sources. You'll also learn a little about strengths, limitations and services for people with different types of disabilities.
Coping with diagnosis. You think you have already adjusted to a disability. Think again. The need for new coping skills will hit you again and again, when your child enters school, when you are looking for a job, and all those dreaded "D" words like dating, divorce, drugs, and drinking. If you think having a disability means you don't have to deal with life's stresses - think again.
Cultural issues and disability. You may be an expert on cultural issues and just find this section interesting. Even if you have lived on the reservation all of your life, disability issues may be new to you. Because nearly all reservations have people from different tribes, we have included information on Dakota, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Hidatsa, Crow and other traditions.
Legal rights: This section will let you know your rights under some important laws and what you can do to make sure those rights are respected.