In 2011-2012, The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) funded self-advocacy summits and leadership gatherings of self-advocates and partners to gather information around self-advocacy activities and policies in each of the 56 U.S. states and territories. Before each summit, state teams worked together to develop a PowerPoint overview of accomplishments, strengths, and challenges in self-advocacy. During each summit, state teams continued to work together to develop a plan for possible next steps that could be taken in their own state to strengthen self-advocacy. Teams developed recommendations for national activities and policies that could help strengthen self-advocacy at the national level, and had informal discussions about the roles, functions, and needed supports for growing the self-advocacy movement. Overall, the purpose of the summits was to strengthen and enhance self-advocacy efforts in the states and nationally.
Click on “Summit Planning Materials” above to find past agendas, hotel and travel information, past recordings of webinars, instructions for forming state teams, how state teams created their PowerPoint presentations, and more.
Click on “2011 Summits” above or the map below to get more information about the 2011 summits, including state team presentations, plans, and national recommendations.
The map below shows the states attending each regional summit in 2011.
Click on “2012 Summits” above or the map below to get more information about the 2012 summits, including state team presentations, plans, and national recommendations.
The map below shows the states attending each regional summit in 2012:
Click on “State Themes in Self-Advocacy” above to learn about topics that state teams identified in their presentations and state plans at the summits. You will find states who are working on a particular topic and states who have goals and accomplishments in that area.