Supporting People in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Knowledge (SPEAK) Team

The Supporting People in Empowerment, Advocacy, and Knowledge (SPEAK) Team, a project of the Southwest Institute for Families and Children, visited the Institute for Human Development – Arizona University Center on Disabilities (IHD-AzUCD) in Flagstaff, AZ for the first in a series of self-advocacy organization trainings in Arizona.  The SPEAK Team, is funded by an Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council grant to implement a “…strategy that will sustain community partnerships to strengthen the effectiveness of self-advocacy organizations.” The SPEAK team and the IHD-AzUCD’s Disability Experience Project collaborated for a one day training on how to best prepare selected self-advocacy organizations to adapt the Disability Experience discussion for their own groups and communities.  After an animated and intense training, both SPEAK and IHD-AzUCD anticipate the opportunity to provide dynamic, practical training to be utilized by self-advocacy groups in developing and sustaining community partnerships.

Juliana Huereña, George Garcia, and Teresa Moore

From left to right: Juliana Huereña, George Garcia, and Teresa Moore