This initiative will execute a statewide Summit in the Fall of 2017- 2021. The summit provides an opportunity for self-advocates to come together from throughout the state and share activities and training designed to help each achieve the highest level of independence and self-direction in their life as possible. Self-advocates will learn to speak up about what is important to them and how to work on making changes in their lives. Self-advocates will have the opportunity in this type of setting to feel comfortable enough to speak what they feel which helps staff and families understand better and also helps each self-advocate learn more about what they themselves want. The project follows up with attendees to document how self-advocates are using their advocacy skills and to connect them to local advocacy groups if they desire.
Hold November 16, 17, and 18 for the virtual 2021 Speak Up and Speak Out Summit! This year the theme is "Building a New World that includes Independence, Belonging, Inclusiveness and Respect” and will focus on providing attendees with information to help empower them to use their voice to make positive choices and changes in their life.