In this new age of "Self Determination", people with autism and other developmental disabilities must learn to defend their own rights, not only rely upon help from non-disabled people. So, please spread the word that the 22nd Annual Western States Developmental Disability Self-Advocacy Conference - an opportunity for intellectually and cognitively disabled adults to share strategies for surviving modern adulthood - will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento on May 5-6 2017!
This event to promote self-advocacy skill-building, information-sharing, and networking of, by and for adults with developmental disabilities will be hosted by the Supported Life Institute, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Sacramento Office, "SEIU CA. Dev. Disabilities Council", Disability Rights California, and the "George F. Kelso Library".
Although the location is Sacramento, California, ALL developmentally disabled self-advocates from the western states of the U.S.A are welcome. Attendees are traveling to this conference all the way from Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona! If you look over the "Sessions" link below, you'll see that this conference will offer sessions that instruct and inform about self-advocacy skills in the community and at work. The speakers are primarily people with autism and other developmental disabilities, with only support staff as facilitators, not as leaders.
March was Developmental Disabilities of Awareness Month in the USA. Sunday, April 2nd is WorldAutism Awareness Day, celebrated by the member states of the UN, and in the United States, April is Autism Awareness Month. Therefore, it's appropriate timing that our community of Davis, California, USA should gather together on the evening of April 3rd to discuss ways that we can seek to better include people with all types disabilities at
school; in business and government centers; and in places of work,
worship, working out, and leisure. This event is called "A
Community Conversation of Inclusion", and the organizers request an RSVP at the Facebook page. Here's that link: