March 8-9 at Mystic Lake Center

March 8-9 at Mystic Lake Center

March 8-9 at Mystic Lake Center

Conference Follow Up

What an awesome conference! It’s our hope that this conference isn’t just some wonderful event that happens every two years but is a launching pad for work towards disability equality. Connect up with your local Self-Advocates Minnesota (SAM) Region, lead your own Disability Equality Training Series (DETS) or if you’re in the metro region attend Disability Power Day to keep this momentum going. Thanks to the 300+ people that made it happen including conference volunteers, presenters, exhibitors, planners and of course everyone who attended. A special thank you to the 2019 Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference Sponsors!

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Every other year Advocating Change Together and the Conference Planning Committee organizations put on a two-day state self-advocacy conference. Typically 400-500 self-advocates and allies attend to make friends, learn about self-advocacy issues, and become connected to the larger self-advocacy movement.

What makes this conference unique is its “nothing about us without us” approach. Two-thirds of the sessions will be led or co-led by self-advocates and all voting members of the conference planning committee are self-advocates. They select the workshops, entertainment, food, decorations, theme and make sure it will be a great time. A picture is worth a thousand words, check out some photos from the 2017 MN State Self-Advocacy Conference to get a feel for what it’s all about.


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Friday, March 8

8:00 am – 4:30 pm         Registrations & Shirt Pickup
8:00 am – 3:00 pm         Exhibits
9:30 am – 10:30 am       Opening Ceremony
10:45 am – 11:45 am     Workshops – Session 1
10:45 am – 4:00 pm       Art Studio for All
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm       Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm         Workshops – Session 2
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Ice Cream Social
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm         Workshops – Session 3
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm         Sing – a – Long
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm         Dinner
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm         Irving Martin Award & Door Prizes
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm       DJ and Dance!

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Saturday, March 9

8:00 am – 10:45 am         Art Studio for All
8:00 am – 1:00 pm           Exhibits
8:00 am – 1:00 pm           Registration & Shirt Pick Up
9:30 am – 10:30 am         Workshops – Session 4
10:45 am – 11:45 am       Workshops – Session 5
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Closing Remarks & Send Off

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Already Registered? Download your PRE-CONFERENCE PACKET here – It has everything you need to get ready for the big weekend.





The real cost for the conference is approximately $300 per person, but thanks to the generous sponsors below we are able to drastically reduce the cost for attendees. Our sponsors make it possible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to come together from across the state to learn about and celebrate disability rights, human rights, and the self-advocacy movement. THANK YOU!










Contact Us

To register over the phone for the conference please call 651-641-0297. If no one is available to assist you please leave your name, number, and when a good time to call you back is on the general message mail box.

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For questions about the conference contact:

Patrick Mitchell
651-641-0297 Ext 13