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Friday, December 4 • 10:20am - 11:10am
What Works: Self Advocate Leadership in Life, Groups and Community FILLING

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While there is a solid history of self advocate leadership in North America, little research has been done on what supports work well. This session combines findings from a focus group, informal discussion and secondary research to examine the issues appreciatively in hopes of better practices. Knowing that we must ethically involve those we support in decision making at every level, we also have good evidence that it is good for everyone in participatory decision making to do so. We are on the verge of being able to bring these leaders into community, an ultimate act of Progressive Leadership. OBJECTIVES: Participants will learn about best practices in leadership. We will lead people through a planning process that will allow them to plan for their own leadership in various areas of their lives. Participants will understand what research in self advocate leadership is current. IMPORTANCE: After nearly half a century of self advocate leadership in various situations, including approximately 800 self advocate groups in the U.S., little research has been done with self advocates on what works best to support them in different situations. Self advocate narratives have been of particular interest in this research. TRANSLATING TOPIC INTO NEW OUTCOMES:A "leadership lens" allows us to be thinking differently of what roles people play in self determination and community involvement. learning about the experiences of others informs people with disabilities and those who support them to think of how to expand these roles.

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Aaron Johannes

Director of Training, Research and Development, Spectrum Society
Spectrum Society supports about 140 folks in their neighbourhoods in individualised ways in greater Vancouver. We have also been involved in small press publishing, self advocate supports, community based research and training for other groups. I am also a board member for TLC in... Read More →

Friday December 4, 2015 10:20am - 11:10am PST
Salon B 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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