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It's My Life! RI's 2017 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference!

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It's My Life! Rhode Island's 22nd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference.
Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza

Get ready for RI's 22nd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference: It's My Life!, Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

At It's My Life!, we are expecting more than 300 youth and adults who have an intellectual/developmental disability, families, support staff and allies to come together for a day of listening, learning, sharing, and fun.

It's My Life! is about empowering people who have an intellectual/developmental disabilty label to be in charge of their own lives. This includes sharing information about how the the DD service system works in Rhode Island so that individuals are able to manage and direct the supports they receive, and also helping individuals learn to think "outside the box".

Overall, this year's theme will embrace "Self-Determination" and "Person Centered Thinking" and help attendees understand what that means to each person on an individual level.

We're also pleased to offer a new Youth Track at this year's conference! The Youth Track is geared towards high school students. Break-out sessions will be led by Self-Advocates who are planning some awesome presentations, that are interactive and fund, to educate and empower their peers.

The Youth Track will run from the Opening Ceremony at 9:30 am to the end of the 2nd break-out session at 2:45 pm.

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE YOUTH TRACK

 

IT'S MY LIFE - AND MY LIFE IS FUN!

As in previous years, everyone is invited to stay and party after the conference day at our annual our costume dinner dance. Wear your most amazing costume for a chance to win a prize in this year's dance party raffle!

Of course, everyone is welcome to attend the conference day or the dinner dance as separate events. However, as the majority of attendees from previous years will tell you, pretty much ALL of It's My Life! is going to be an experience you won’t want to miss.

We hope to see you there!

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** Conference Forms and Deadlines **

2017 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Thursday, October 5th is the Last Day to Register at the >>>EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT PRICE<<<

Register now! Prices increase by $10.00 per attendee after Thursday, October 5th!

Conference Day: $40 per Attendee. This price includes registration materials, refreshments, awards luncheon and the full conference day, with 12 different workshop sessions to chose from!

Conference Day: $30 per Support Attendee. This discount price applies to direct support staff or family members who are
attending to support an individual who is registered for the Conference Day. Those who wish to take advantage of this reduced rate must list the name of the person they are attending with on their registration form. That person must also be registered for the full conference day.

Conference Day: No Charge Youth Track. Yes, you read that correctly: We are inviting RI high school students and their support staff to attend the Youth Track at this year's conference FOR FREE! Serioulsy, no strings attached. We're excited to meet you and welcome you to the Rhode Island Self-Advocacy Movement!

To take advantage of this awesome opportunity and attend It's My Life! for free, Youth Track attendees must register before the October 5th Early Bird Deadline. The cost to attend is $5 per student/support person after October 5th

>>> PLEASE NOTE: SPACE FOR THE YOUTH TRACK IS LIMITED! DON'T DELAY ~ REGISTER TODAY! <<<

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Youth Track and DOWNLOAD THE STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM

Conference Night-Costume Dinner Dance Party: $37 per Attendee. Note: this price is the same for all attendees.

Please note that every attendee must complete a separate registration form. One form per person, please! This includes direct support staff who are attending in order to assist an individual who is registering for the conference. This is VERY IMPORTANT! If you list an individual attendee and their support staff on the same form, neither person may be registered correctly.

>>>CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM<<<

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Hotel Reservations are due by Thursday, October 12th.

The dance party ends at 10:00pm, but many attendees make a night of it and stay at the hotel after the party. The Crowne Plaza also has a pool and weight room available that guests may use during their stay!

We have reserved a limited block of hotel rooms for conference attendees at the reduced rate of $124 PER NIGHT. Up to 4 people can share a hotel room and split the cost, but you must find you own roommate!

If you wish to stay at the hotel, use page 2 of the Conference Registration Form to reserve your room.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Self-Advocacy is about being empowered and included. It means learning about issues that affect people who have a developmental disability, and speaking-up about the ones that you think are important. It means being the person in charge of your life.

With this in mind, we are looking for presentations to share at It’s My Life that will educate our attendees about Self-Advocacy, encourage them to speak-up, and empower them to live life to the fullest.

Click here to download the presenter proposal form. This is a PDF form which you can edit complete on your computer, save and print to send by postal mail, or submit to us electronically.

Proposals are due by Thursday, September 28th. If you proposal is accepted, 4 members of your presentation team will be eligible to register for the conference day at the reduced price of $20 per person.

Some ideas for possible workshop topics are listed below. We also encourage you to submit your proposal for other topics that will capture and promote this year’s theme.

Career Development
Citizen Advocacy: Voting, Testimony and how to speak-up about important issues
Community Membership: Finding Your Niche
How to be the Boss: Hiring/supervising your own support staff
Ideas for Being Healthy
Interpersonal Skills
Making Informed Decisions
Making New Connections: Places to Go, People to Meet & Things to do that are NOT a “service program”
Relationships and Dating
Relaxation Techniques
Residential Options: Deciding where you want to live and who you want to live with
Self-Directed Supports
Sex and Sexuality
Social Media: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and more
Transportation Ideas
Using Assistive Technology

2017 SELF-ADVOCACY AWARDS

We invite you to nominate individuals for the the 2017 Self-Advocacy Awards. This is a great opportunity to let Self-Advocates and friends who support the RI Self-Advocacy Movement know how much you appreciate them!

There are 3 awards to nominate people for:



CLICK HERE to download the nomination form with additional information
. Winners will be invited to attend the conference day for free and recognized during an awards ceremony at lunch.

If the person you nominate wins, you will also be invited to attend the conference for free to help present the award at the ceremony. Nominations are due on Thursday October 5th. Good luck!

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Statewide Self-Advocacy conference is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors. We are asking for your support again this year to help make It's My Life! a success. All of the donations received help to offset the registration costs for conference attendees, many of whom might not otherwise be able to attend. Conference sponsors will be listed here on our website, along with individual links back to sponsor websites if applicable.

Please note that, while donations are always accepted and welcome, ad copy for our conference program is due by
Thusday, October 12th.
If you need help designing an ad, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help! Contact information is provided on the Conference Sponsors form which you can download by CLICKING HERE

Thank you!! Together we're making a difference!!