Training in Developing Choice Making, Self-Determination, and Advocacy


Esther Lee Pederson, Tia Nelis
Capabilities Unlimited University of Illinois at Chicago - 2002

What We Have Done:
1. “Get Organized…the Key to Success”: October 27, 2001, Ohio Regional Spina Bifida Conference (5 self-advocates and 3 family members).
2. “Overview of 7 Habits”: November 5, 2001, Clermont County Social Services (10 professionals).
3. “RRTC Research Conference”: November 15, 2001, Chicago, IL
4. “Using the 7 Habits”: November 27-28, 2001, Indiana Governors Council on Disabilities, Indianapolis, IN (35 self-advocates and 5 support staff).
5. “Overview of the 7 Habits”: December 12, 2001, Jacobs High School, Cincinnati, OH (5 parents and 1 teacher).
6. “Using the 7 Habits”: December 13-14, 2001, Jacobs High School, Cincinnati, OH (30 students and 5 support staff).
7. “Together We Can Coalition for High School Students on Leadership and Employment”: January 8, 2002, Cincinnati, OH (8 school representatives).
8. “Using the 7 Habits”: February 9-10, 2002, Project Leadership, Washington, D.C. (25 self-advocates and 15 parents).
9. Development of a handout sheets describing the resource needs to teach “Using the 7 Habits” (attached).

Upcoming Projects:
1. Meet and train the leadership of a residential program in Cleveland, OH called Welcome House on leadership, self-advocacy and self-determination, date to be determined (Nelis, Pederson, Peterson). Proposing Using Making Choices As We Age Training as well.
2. “Using the 7 Habits”: Dates being confirmed for 30 self-advocates and 10 support staff.
3. Keynote Speaker: ARC of Maryland, June 1, 2002, 300 participants speaking on “Leadership”.
4. Leadership Program for National Down Syndrome Society National Conference in July 2002 for 75 self-advocates in Nashville, TN.

New Efforts:
1. Capabilities Unlimited, Inc. is no longer producing the newsletter “The Community Advocacy Press” due to lack of funds.
2. Effective October 1, 2001 Essie Pederson did not renew a leadership contract with the Franklin Covey Company but continues the training using Capabilities Unlimited license. (This is a much better arrangement for all).
3. Will be working with UIC staff to publish an article on the research completed by this project over the years. 4. UIC graduate student (Joe Caldwell) will be working with project staff to evaluate the effectiveness of this training on the lives of people with disabilities as a part of his doctoral thesis.
5. Put information about the training and participants comments on the web page.
6. Host an open training that people can sign up for from any agency.

Ways You Can Help:
1. Attend the training.
2. Help develop written materials.
3. Suggest ways to reach self-advocates and parents.
4. Make sure what you receive from us is interesting, useful, andunderstandable.
5. Stay on us to keep you informed! Call, write, e-mail…you want your help but we often forget you can because there are so many things going on all the time.
6. Review the evaluation ideas, possibly talk on conference calls or meet with us.
7. Help us teach the training in the part of the country you live.


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