Join the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council for a compelling series of virtual advocacy discussions, the Self Advocate Spotlight Series.  The series is an opportunity to hear from individuals with developmental disabilities about the remarkable things they are doing to make Pennsylvania a better place to live.

The Self Advocate Spotlight Series highlights how self advocates demonstrate their own leadership skills, while also using their voices to mentor others.

August Self Advocate Spotlight Session

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. online with Zoom.

At the August 16th virtual spotlight session, Domonique Howell will tell us about founding and hosting Momma Chronicles Too. Momma Chronicles Too is a support and self advocacy group for mothers with disabilities. They discuss topics such as medical and systems advocacy, and disability rights for parents with disabilities and their children.

  • Why did she start Momma Chronicles Too?
  • Who should attend Momma Chronicles Too?
  • What changes happened for the group during COVID-19?
  • What advocacy topics does Momma Chronicles Too work on?
  • What advice does she have on advocating for your rights and the rights of your children?

To access the August session and future sessions, please use this Zoom information:

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Meeting ID: 813 4989 7271
Passcode: Vw3Vkd


September 15, 2022
Mark Steidl
(and support staff, Lilly Abreu) founder of Self Advocacy Voices, a self advocate led organization in Western PA. Learn more about the session.

October 18, 2022
Oscar Drummond
(and a support staff), co-founder of Self Advocates United as One (SAU1), former SAU1 Board President, and Lead Ambassador/Lead Power Coach. Learn more about the session.

November 21, 2022
Thomas Hassell
, director of Spectrum Friends of Greater Harrisburg, a self advocate led organization, and board member of both the Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg and United for Autism Foundation. Learn more about the session.

December 19, 2022
Khylil Robinson
, trained as a Community Autism Peer Specialist (CAPS) and works as a CAPS for the Community Wellness Engagement Unit at the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS). Learn more about the session.


Do you have accessibility needs? We provide transcription but if you have other accommodation requests for the July session, please respond by Tuesday, August 2nd to: or call toll free: 1-877-685-4452.

For all other sessions, requests for accommodations other than transcription must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. To request accommodations, please email or call toll free: 1-877-685-4452.

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $3,095,416.00 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.