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I Am Self-Advocacy Summer Sessions

By Hannah Roberts, Director of Programs

We continue to hear rave reviews from young adults with disabilities, their counselors, and their families regarding ECNV’s I Am Self-Advocacy Program. We just ended the second Program Session and are beginning a Spring Session with two new groups. This program is for youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 16-22. 

Participants will explore their abilities and discover their power to create change, speak up for themselves, and plan for future employment in a fun learning environment with their peers. 

We are now accepting referrals for the I Am Self Advocacy Program’s Summer Session that will run from July 5-July 29th. During this 4-week session, participants will meet:

  • individually with a peer mentor twice a week; 
  • virtually in a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays during a morning session (10 am to noon) or an afternoon session (3-5 pm); and
  • in-person (optional) for a leadership group on Fridays from 10 am – 2 pm.

In a span of 4 weeks, the participants will discuss topics integral to self-advocacy such as self-awareness, disability awareness, self-determination, disability rights and responsibilities, how to be assertive, and how to engage allies and be an ally to others.

If you know a young adult/youth that is interested in taking part, please contact the Program Coordinator, Hannah Roberts at hannahr@ecnv.org or call ECNV’s office number at 703-525-3268.