Deaf Self-Advocacy Training

As of September 2016, the MARIE Center's website is no longer maintained.


This program is no longer offered.

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training was a six-hour curriculum program focused on consumer education. It was developed and promotted by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers founded on the belief that education within the Deaf Community should be done by the Deaf Community.

In 2010, 30 individuals from vocational rehabilitation, commissions on deafness, and advocacy agencies were trained as DSAT Master Trainers. Since then the Master Trainers have gone out into the Deaf Community and trained additional trainers. Each trainer "pays it forward" by holding Deaf Self-Advocacy Training sessions within their local community.

In one year, the 30 Master Trainers were able to reach over 600 Deaf Community members with the Deaf Self-Advocacy Training curriculum.

The curriculum has eight modules that included:

  1. Advocacy: An Overview
  2. Self-Advocacy
  3. Self-Esteem & Self-Determination
  4. Working with Interpreters
  5. Ethics of Working with Interpreters
  6. Preparing for Self-Advocacy
  7. Utilizing Resources Around You
  8. Applying What You Have Learned