November 15, 2018 @ 6:00PM — 9:00PM
Our annual celebration of self advocacy!
Join us for a special celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, November 15. Dinner and dessert will be served and a reception will precede dinner. Proceeds will support our advocacy work and programs for the coming year, and allow us to continue working to empower disabled people across the country.
Service to the Self Advocacy Movement: Vivian Ly
Vivian is the Director of Autistics United Canada (AU Canada). Founded last year with other autistic activists, AU Canada is a multi-chapter organization that aims to improve the lives of Autistic people in what is colonially known as Canada through self-advocacy. Recently, AU Canada has campaigned on policies related to immigration, healthcare and assisted suicide, as well as new national and provincial accessibility legislation.
Ally of the Year Award: Elena Hung
Elena Hung, with her four year-old daughter Xiomara, has fought over the last year to save the Affordable Care Act. She is the president and co-founder of Little Lobbyists, an organization which brings families and children with complex medical needs to the Capitol in order to educate legislators and the public about how laws and programs like the ACA, Medicaid, ADA, and IDEA affect people. In her advocacy, Elena has prioritized connecting with the disability rights movement and partnering with people with disabilities, ensuring that her daughter grows up connected to our community.
Harriet McBryde Johnson Award for Nonfiction: David James Savarese
DJ is an alternatively communicating autistic poet, essayist, and self-advocate and the writer and co-producer of the documentary Deej, which follows six years of his life from high school to college. Awarded a Peabody for its "inclusive filmmaking," Deej is a groundbreaking film that demonstrates exactly why access to inclusive, literacy-based classrooms and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) are vital for autistic people.
Master of Ceremonies: Maria Town
Maria Town is the Director of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for the City of Houston, where she advocates for the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities, and establishes local and national partnerships to advance inclusion. She is the former Senior Associate Director in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement where she managed the White House's engagement with the disability community.
More honorees and speakers will be announced soon!
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