2010 National Self-Advocacy Conference


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Thursday, September 23, 2010- Sunday, September 26, 2010
Location: Kansas City, MO

Conference Highlights

Friday Fieldtrip

On Friday, September 24, 2010 high school students with disabilities, transition professions, and family members can attend events at SABE from 9 AM to 3 PM at the nominal cost of $25. Features of the conference on Friday include breakout sessions on self-advocacy, self-determination, and relationships, regional meetings of chapters of SABE, and the Self-Determination Showcase, a poster session about projects, products, and ideas promoting self-determination.

Self-Determination Showcase

A new opportunity will be available to those who have exciting ideas to share about self-determination in their local communities. Enjoy face-to-face contact with conference attendees from across the country about the innovative projects such as new ideas for living and working in the community!

Self-Determination in 2020 and World Café

Watch the SABE board as they perform skits outlining their ideas of self-determination in 2020 and elicit audience response and collaboration to create a collective vision of self-determination in the future! SABE KC 2010's World Café will be a forum for self advocates to discuss and learn about issues that affect the lives of people with developmental disabilities all over the country.

Renowned Keynote Speakers
Attendees will be able to learn from prominent names and voices in the disability field. Don't miss the chance to hear Sharon Lewis, the new ADD commissioner, present during the conference! Among the invitees are James Gardner, Council on Quality and Leadership and Rebecca Cokley, National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth, and more!

Peer-Reviewed Break-Out Sessions
Attendees can choose sessions in topics ranging from legislative advocacy, legal rights, social networking, assistive technology, person-centered planning, and more to develop tools that they can use to help them and other people with developmental disabilities be stronger advocates, more self-determined, and build more relationships.

Celebration of a movement
Attendees will be able to meet and socialize with people from across the country to celebrate ability, accomplishment, and the past 20 years of a social movement with a full schedule of activities, including a kick-off pizza party, no-talent show, film screenings and discussions, karaoke, and SABE board nominations! 


About the Conference

SABE KC 2010 will be held September 23-26, 2010 at the Westin-Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  This year's conference is SABE's 10th Annual Self Advocacy Conference.  This year's conference theme is "Jazz It Up: Celebrating 20 Years of Self Advocates Being Empowered," which marks the anniversary of the ADA and acknowledges the last twenty years of the self advocacy movement in the United States! For the last decade, this conference has been the largest gathering of self advocates in the United States. The conference is estimated to bring 1,000+ self advocates together to learn, collaborate, problem solve, and celebrate the past two decades of the self advocacy movement.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Come together to develop a national agenda to move the self advocacy movement forward and find out what is happening in other state and local self advocacy organizations.
  • Learn about self-determination and receive tools to take home to help more people in your state lead more self-determined lives.
  • Learn about strengthening relationships in peoples' lives and how people with disabilities can be fully supported in an inclusive community.

About SABE

  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Founded in 1990, SABE has been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world for 20 years. SABE is run by a board of
    self advocates representing 9 regions of the country.Visit SABE's website at http://www.sabeusa.org

About the Hosts

  • People First of Missouri (PFMO) is a statewide organization formed by, run by and which exists for persons with developmental disabilities. PFMO's mission is to provide self-advocacy training, increase quality of life and protect equal rights for people with developmental disabilities in Missouri.  Visit their website: www.missouripeoplefirst.org
  • The Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) is a statewide advocacy group made up of adults with developmental disabilities.  SACK encourages and teaches people to speak up for themselves and to obtain the highest possible level of independence.  Visit their website: www.sackonline.org
  • The Institute for Human Development, located within the University of Missouri Kansas City, is an applied research and training center for human services. It exemplifies the University's goals of academic excellence and a campus without borders by helping people, agencies, and the community reach their fullest potential. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Institute conducts and collaborates on a wide variety of Applied Research projects to develop, implement, and evaluate new ideas and promising practices that support healthy, inclusive communities.
  • The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD), established in 1969, is a component of the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas.  As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the core functions of the KUCDD are pre-service training, research, information dissemination, andcommunity services.  Our misson, as established by the KUCDD Consumer Advisory Panel, is, through research, training, technical assistance, and community service activities, to enhance the quality of life, self-determination, and inclusion of Kansans with developmental disabilities and their families.

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