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Disability Leadership Network



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is a local leadership & advocacy training program for individuals with
disabilities, their family members and community members who are interested in
learning more about disability issues. Participants
will improve their self-advocacy, public policy advocacy and leadership skills
by being introduced to the history/philosophy of the disability rights movement
and principles of self-determination.
Individuals have a chance to develop and practice necessary
self-advocacy skills, as well as learn strategies to access services &
supports. Members of the class will make
connections with other community members in order to create change by
advocating for policies and procedures that promote people having control over
their own lives and the inclusion of people with disabilities in our

Trainings held on Fridays,
9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Sept 15, Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 1
Participants are asked to attend ALL 4 training sessions

Featured Presenters listed alphabetically:


Laura Buckner, UT Center for Disability Studies/Institute for Person Centered Thinking
Ricky Broussard, Imagine Enterprises
Norine Jaloway Gill, Imagine Enterprises
Michelle Howard-Herbein, Arc of Greater Houston
Jorge Mendoza, Family Houston
Kyle Piccola/Ginger Mayeaux, Arc of Texas
Dustin Rynders, Disability Rights Texas
Kathie Snow, Disability Is Natural


History of the Disability Movement 
People First Language

The importance of Inclusive Education & Communities
Supported Decision Making & Alternatives to Guardianship
Person Centered Thinking
Employment First 
Social Security & Work Incentives
Self Determination and Self Advocacy
 Learning how to Advocate by Sharing Your Story
Resilience and Strengths: The Importance of Building the Circle of Trust


The Monarch Institute
2815 Rosefield, Houston, 77080


Free for family members

Free for individuals with disabilities


$100 for community members and professionals.
3.5 CEUs per session (no ethics) available for social workers.

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TCDD logoFinancial support for Family to Family Network's Leadership & Advocacy Training project  is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal* funds made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities *$75,000 (75%) DD Funds, $25,029 (25%) non-federal sources