2021 ACT State Self-Advocacy Conference

Held virtually on April 9-10 via Zoom


2021 ACT State Self-Advocacy Conference

Held virtually on April 9-10 via Zoom

2021 ACT State Self-Advocacy Conference

Held virtually on April 9-10 via Zoom


Every other year Advocating Change Together and the Conference Planning Committee put on a two-day State Self-Advocacy Conference. This year has been different in a number ways and while we are not able to get together in person, nothing can stop us from staying connected to each other and to what’s important. Join us virtually through Zoom on April 9th and 10th to see old friends, make new ones, learn about self-advocacy issues, discover resources and celebrate disability pride!

Like the in-person conferences from previous years, this will be a self-advocate driven event featuring interactive and engaging sessions. Workshops will follow best practices with small breakout sizes, group discussion and fun activities. Come ready to participate, this is not a by-stander event! Attendees will be sent a packet in the mail ahead of time, stuffed full of goodies, a program book, a lucky BINGO card, and other handouts to enhance the experience.

A special Thank You to our main sponsor the Olmstead Implementation Office and to other supporting organization listed below for making this year’s conference possible!

Accord | Companion Linc | Cow Tipping Press | Hammer Travel | Harry Meyering Center | Kaposia | Life by Design INC | Lifeworks | Reach for Resources | MBW Company | Meridian | MSS | Pacer | Rise | TSE

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  • Small breakout rooms to engage with sessions on Personal Empowerment, Connecting to Your Community, Living the Life You Want and much more
  • Entertainment including a DJ and dance, door prizes, BINGO (with prizes), singing
  • Engage in the action with everything you need mailed to you in your conference packet including a program, snacks, BINGO sheets, and conference swag
  • Reconnect with old and friends and make new ones while celebrating disability pride
  • Network with leaders in the self-advocacy movement
  • Learn about available resources for housing, employment, transportation, and person centered plans
  • Professionals learn how to better connect with and empower self-advocates
  • Get information, exercises, and project ideas to strengthen your self-advocacy group or learn how to start one


Pre-Conference Thursday April 8th, 2021
10:00AM – 11:30AM Side-by-Side People’s Café: Everyone Belongs!
Friday April 9th, 2021
12:00PM – 1:00PM Social Hour
1:00PM – 1:30PM Opening Ceremony
1:30PM – 2:30PM Breakout Session 1 – Your Choice
2:30PM – 2:45PM Exhibitors / Break
2:45PM – 3:00PM Exhibitors / Break
3:00PM – 4:00PM Breakout Session 2 – Community Connections
4:00PM – 6:00PM Evening Break
6:30PM – 7:00PM BINGO
7:00PM – 8:30PM Dis-Dance Party
Saturday April 10th, 2021
12:00PM – 1:00PM Social Hour
1:00PM – 1:15PM Irving Martin Award
1:15PM – 1:30PM Self-Advocacy Sound-Off
1:30PM – 2:30PM Breakout Sessions 3 – Your Choice
2:30PM – 2:45PM Exhibitors / Break
2:45PM – 3:00PM Exhibitors / Break
3:00PM – 4:00PM Breakout Session 4 – Personal Power
4:00PM – 4:30PM Closing Ceremony

Calling All Sponsors


Show your support for disability rights by sponsoring the Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference. Like any conference, virtual ones have their costs – presenter stipends, website and administrative costs, accessibility accommodations, acquiring proper technology hardware, licenses and accounts as well as putting together and sending out attendee packets. Thanks to underwriting from our sponsors we are able to make self-advocacy something everyone can enjoy and benefit from.  

We understand that with the pandemic many organizations that have traditional supported us will not be able to do at the same level as in years past. This year we are not distinguishing between levels. Sponsor at any amount and receive full recognition and sponsor benefits. Join us in making it possible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to connect with one another online to learn about and celebrate disability rights, human rights, and the self-advocacy movement.

Sponsors will get:

  • Listed in all print materials (MUST SPONSOR by 3/31) and on the website
  • Recognized at the conference
  • An exhibitor breakout room at the conference (if you choose)
  • TWO complimentary registrations


To Sponsor via Credit card or Paypal, use the slider on the left, to pledge or pay via check, select the icon on the right. Click here for a downloadable 2021 Conference Sponsor Form.

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Irving Martin Award

trophyThe Irving Martin Self-Advocacy Award will be given to an individual and a group who have shown their commitment to promoting self-advocacy. This award is given in memory of the late Irving Martin, “the Godfather of self-advocacy,” who was known for his endless work on behalf of the self-advocacy movement. Irving Martin understood that people with disabilities are people first, deserving the same opportunities as everyone else. He had the innate ability to share his vision with others. His message was simple – all people belong in the community working together to create better lives and training self-advocates across the nation to their role in creating change.

The committee will select both an individual and group winner based on the following criteria:

  • An individual or group from the state of Minnesota
  • The individual or group members must be self-advocates and have a disability
  • The individual or group must be actively involved in self-advocacy (i.e. participates in a self-advocacy group, attends self-advocacy events, etc.)
  • Is knowledgeable about their community and the self-advocacy movement
  • Displays leadership abilities or has been a mentor to people with disabilities

Download the Irving Martin form and mail or email it in if you prefer using a hard copy, otherwise use the button above to submit your Workshop Proposal online.

Contact Us

The Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference website is always being updated with more information. Be sure to mark April 9th and 10th on your calendar and check back regularly for updates.

We are planning the 2021 Minnesota State Self-Advocacy conference and want your help. If you’d like to lead a workshop, donate a door prize, help market the conference, or contribute in another way, contact:

Patrick Mitchell