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The Self Advocacy Movement: A Civil Rights Movement for People with Disabilities
February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
It’s time to register for the 2022 virtual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD) throughout the month of February. This conference is a FREE event!
Tuesday, February 15th – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Phoenix time)
- Calvin Cook, BSW, Alumni Relations Champion, Arizona Youth Leadership Initiatives Alumni Association Diverse Ability Incorporated
- George Garcia MSW Executive Director Southwest Institute for Families and Children
- Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr., Research Associate at the Institute on Disability and Human Development at University of Illinois – Chicago; Co-founder of Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition (Chicagoland DPOCC).
Synopsis: The self-advocacy movement is a civil rights movement that started in the 1970s for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is based on the belief that people with disabilities have the right to make their own decisions based on their own needs and wants. Today, self-advocates from around the country continue to keep the movement alive by advocating for themselves and for others in all aspects of disability rights. A panel of self-advocates will discuss the current state of the self-advocacy movement both nationally as well as in Arizona.