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Spring Seminar: Speaking Your Mind—Self-Advocacy and Self-Help Lessons Learned from the History of Independent Living

Published: January 10, 2018

“The Independent Living movement is a reaction to the dehumanizing process inherent in the medical model and to the need for civil rights, equal access, and equal opportunity. Your ability to self-advocate is the only way that your individualized and unique desires for life will actualize. For that reason, you should speak your mind and live your life!” – Willis Deitz

Join us in person or online for our Spring Seminar series on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 1 – 3pm ET to learn more about the “Speaking Your Mind: Self-Advocacy and Self-Help Lessons Learned from the History of Independent Living.” Learn more from experts Willis Deitz (Executive Director of Independence Place, Inc., a Center for Independent Living) and Megan Coleman (Operations Manager of Independence Place, Inc.). The seminar will be held at the UK Coldstream Research Campus Human Development Institute Training Room 1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.

Click here to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact walt.bower@uky.edu.

Presenters:

  • Willis Deitz – Executive Director of Independence Place, Inc., a Center for Independent Living.
  • Megan Coleman – Operations Manager of Independence Place, Inc.

This seminar focuses on lessons in self-advocacy and self-help based on the life and work of Ed Roberts, a pioneering disability rights activist. Roberts is widely recognized as the founder of the independent living movement and was instrumental in developing the first Center for Independent Living, an organization advocating for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in community life. The presenters will highlight a variety of ways for people to join the independent living movement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the story of Ed Roberts and his role in the disability rights movement.
  2. Participants will become familiar with the independent living paradigm.
  3. Participants will be able to identify ways they can become self-advocates and join in the independent living movement.

CRCC Continuing Education Units for Rehabilitation Counselors are pending.