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Empowering Autonomy: Safeguarding Disabled Rights through Community Safety and Self-Advocacy

April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This presentation explores empowering autonomy for disabled individuals through community safety and self-advocacy. It emphasizes the importance of inclusive communities, accessible environments, and equal opportunities. By showcasing successful self-advocacy strategies and addressing barriers to community safety, the presentation inspires participants to become advocates for disabled rights and create a society that upholds autonomy and eliminates barriers.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles and importance of safeguarding the human rights of disabled individuals within the context of community safety and self-advocacy.
  • Identify the barriers and challenges faced by disabled individuals in accessing their rights and achieving autonomy, focusing on community safety.
  • Explore effective strategies and approaches for promoting self-advocacy among disabled individuals, empowering them to assert their rights and participate in decision-making processes.
  • Gain insights into the significance of creating inclusive communities that prioritize safety, accessibility, and equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their abilities.


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A portrait of Lisa Shaw. She has short blond hair parted with asymmetric bangs. She is wearing a light denim jacket and chunky metal jewelry and is against an aqua green wall.Lisa Shaw is an IEP Coach, Postsecondary Transition Specialist, and the founder of Mosaic Haven, a consultancy and education business that help parents of children with disabilities. She was born blind and has an autistic son. She is the Chair of the Iowa Department of Education, Special Education Advisory Panel and a Board Member of the Autism Society of Iowa. She provides autism awareness and acceptance training to Des Moines Police Academy and is the activity director for a community for adults with disabilities.

A portrait of Courtney Burnett. She has wavy brown hair and is in front of some brambles obscured in the bokeh of the photograph.Courtney Burnett is a disabilities advocate, IEP Coach, licensed Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant, and a mom of three children, one of whom has disabilities. She works with families helping them navigate the special education system. Learn more about her services here.


April 25
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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