“For most self-advocates, weaving your own path is important because [people with disabilities] often don’t get to make decisions,” says Ben Rowley, member of the conference planning committee. “A lot of people with disabilities are sheltered so it’s hard to learn and grow. This is about showing people that they can achieve their dreams, even though it might take a little
longer to get there.”
But, the conference isn’t just for those with disabilities! There is something for everyone! The conference will provide participants with the tools to begin weaving their own path; several speakers will share thoughts on various topics including:
- What it means to belong
- Personal power and telling your own truth
- Finding employment
- Independence vs. interdependence….
- Dave Hingsburger
Several self-advocate speakers will also share inspiring stories and tips.
You can find out more about each speaker or register by clicking on the registration package on the right!
In 2002, SRSAN held its first conference, titled “Let’s Get Connected.” Advocates told us that holding a conference showed the community what they believed in and gave them the same learning opportunities as anyone else.
Since then, SRSAN has held 10 conferences, each with a different theme based on topics advocates want to learn about. Over the years, the conference’s structure has changed to meet growing interest and demand: the conference was expanded from one day to two, and, in the last seven years, attendance has increased from an average of 50 to 60 people to more than 100, as was the case during SRSAN’s last conference in 2015! All money for the conference is raised by SRSAN.
“The conference is a great way for self-advocates to come together and learn from each other,” say SRSAN members.