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                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

WELCOME LETTER FROM NYLN STAFF......................................3-4

SCHEDULE ....................................................................................5 - 8

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS ....................................................8 - 12

EVENING ACTIVITIES ......................................................................13

BIOS AND PHOTOS ...................................................................14- 20

STAFF BIOS………………………………………………………..21 – 22

STATE PARTNERS………………………………………………..23 - 24

SPONSORS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS............................25 - 28

HOW TO STAY INVOLVED… …………………………………...29 - 30

NYLN MEMBERSHIP FORM ............................................................31

July 29, 2010

Dear Friends,

Thank you for attending the “Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support
Systems” Institute! We are proud to share with you a new way to set goals
and reach them. Our efforts focus on individuals, families, and professional
allies all at the same time. Too often, we separate groups because of their
title, education, or experience, but to NYLN, teamwork is key. Everyone
has an area of expertise that contributes to others’ success, and we need
to reach success together. The curriculum we have created serves as an
innovative way to reach self-determined power through interdependent

During the Institute, we will talk about a lot of new ideas and concepts:
   ? New ways to learn,
   ? New ways to teach,
   ? New ways to dream,
   ? New ways to include one another,
   ? New ways to empower one another,
   ? New ways to depend on one another, and
   ? New approaches to building a fully-inclusive community.

This Institute also serves as a kick-off event for one of NYLN’s newest
priorities: public trainings of the curriculum as a whole. Through community
outreach and the use of popular education, NYLN strives to serve as a
collective community change agent. And it begins today…here…with YOU!
Brace yourselves: We are living in a moment of power!

Many thanks to those who made this event possible: the Administration on
Developmental Disabilities (ADD, ACF, HHS), the North Carolina Council
on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD), PACER, the State Independent
Living Center (SILC) of Georgia, the Arc of North Carolina, and NYLN’s
state partners: YOUTH POWER! of New York, Disabled Young People’s
Collective of North Carolina, My Voice, My Choice of Mississippi, Youth
Leadership Network of Idaho, and Human Services Research Institute
(HSRI) of Oregon.

We welcome you all to the NYLN family! This is just the beginning…

With pride, power, and a vision for change,

Ryan Pinion, Partnership and Action Director
Elizabeth Guerrero, Partnership and Action Co-Director
Stacey Milbern, Community Outreach Director
Betsy Valnes, Executive Director

Thursday, July 29

      Time                    Activity                      Room

12:00-2:00pm         Registration               Capital Registration Room

2:00-4:00pm          General Session:           Salon ABCD
                     Introduction Showcase
4:00-4:30pm          Break                      Salon G

4:30-5:45pm          Rotation A Breakout        Safe and Inclusive Space-
                     Sessions                   Salon A
                                                Fantastic Facilitation- Salon B

                                                Curriculum Tools A- Salon C

                                                Curriculum Tools B- Salon D

5:45-6:15pm          Break                      Salon G

6:15-6:45pm          Opening Statement:         Salon ABCD
                     Commissioner Sharon
                     General Session: Check
6:45-8:00pm          Dinner                     Salon EF

8:15-9:45pm          Taking It There: Talking   Salon AB
                     About Sex
9:00-11:00pm         Meet and Greet             NYLN Hospitality Suite


Friday, July 30

      Time                  Activity                Room
9:00-9:45am         Breakfast             Salon ABCD

9:45-10:15am        General Session:      Salon ABCD
                    Overview of the Day

10:15-10:45am       Break                 Salon G
10:45-12:00pm       Rotation B Breakout   Safe and Inclusive Space-
                    Sessions              Salon A
                                          Fantastic Facilitation-
                                          Salon B

                                          Curriculum Tools A- Salon

                                          Curriculum Tools B-
12:00-1:15pm        Lunch                 Salon DEF

1:15-2:30pm         Rotation C Breakout   Safe and Inclusive Space-
                    Sessions              Salon A

                                          Fantastic Facilitation-
                                          Salon B

                                          Curriculum Tools A- Salon

                                          Curriculum Tools B-


2:45-4:00pm          Rotation D Breakout        Safe and Inclusive Space-
                     Sessions                   Salon A
                                                Fantastic Facilitation- Salon B

                                                Curriculum Tools A- Salon C

                                                Curriculum Tools B- Judicial

4:00-4:30pm          Break                      Salon G

4:30-5:00pm          Teams Meet                 Location Will Be Announced

5:00-6:00pm          Resource Fair              Salon G

6:30-7:30pm          Dinner                     Salon ABCD

8:00-9:30pm          Sins Invalid Performance   Salon EFG

8:00-9:30pm          Friday Night Hang Out      NYLN Hospitality Suite

Saturday, July 31

       Time                   Activity                      Room

9:00-9:45am          Breakfast and Overview     Salon ABCD
                     of the Day
10:00-11:15am        Choice Breakout            Curriculum Tools - Salon E
                     Sessions                   Intergenerational Panel-
                                                Salon F
                                                Rising Up- Salon D


11:30-12:15am      General Session: Team    Salon ABCD

  During the Institute, all attendees are divided into 8 teams. Each
  team is a mixture of young people, family members,
  professionals, and allies. Teams also have one or two team
  leaders. You will eat lunch with your team and travel with your
  team to all of the sessions on the first two days of the Institute.
  You will find out who is in your team and who your group leader is
  at the end of the first General Session. We encourage you to get
  to know your team members. We also want team members to
  support each other. Once you get into teams, you can share with
  each other if there are any support needs your fellow team
  members can help you with. Your team leader(s) will be excellent
  resources for information. Feel free to ask them questions that
  come up throughout the Institute.

                       Rotation Sessions
  During the first two days of the Institute, you will go to Rotation
  Sessions. You will go to Rotation Sessions with your team and
  one other team. You will rotate to the four different sessions. By
  the end of the second day, you and your team will have gone to
  all of them.

              Teams 1 & 2          Teams 3 & 4        Teams 5 & 6      Teams 7 & 8
Rotation A    Learning Howto       Gathering and      Curriculum       Curriculum
Thursday      Create Safe and      Guiding a Group:   Tools Part A     Tools Part B
4:30-5:45     Inclusive Space      A Focus on
Rotation B    Gathering and        Curriculum Tools   Curriculum       Learning How
Friday        Guiding a Group: A Part A               Tools Part B     to Create Safe
10:45-12:00   Focus on Fantastic                                       and Inclusive
              Facilitation!                                            Space

Rotation C    Curriculum Tools     Curriculum Tools   Learning How     Gathering and
Friday        Part A               Part B             to Create Safe   Guiding a
1:15-2:30                                             and Inclusive    Group: A Focus
                                                      Space            on Fantastic
Rotation D    Curriculum Tools     Learning Howto     Gathering and    Curriculum
Friday        Part B               Create Safe and    Guiding a        Tools Part A
2:45-4:00                          Inclusive Space    Group: A
                                                      Focus on

   Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems Institute Sessions

                                Rotation Sessions
               (All Institute participants will attend these sessions)

Learning How to Create Safe and Inclusive Space
Led by Mia Mingus
Often times, when we think about what disabled youth need to participate in a
group, we think about wheelchair access, Braille, or sign language interpreters.
However, it takes more than that! This workshop will explore what “Safe Space”
means. We will talk about ways to create a learning space that allows people to
bring their whole selves. Creating this type of learning space is not always about
what you shouldn’t do or say. It has more to do with what you should do so
others feel safe.

Gathering & Guiding the Group: A Focus on Fantastic Facilitation!
Led by Moya Bailey
In this session, we will learn how to develop skills for leading a group of people
in a fun and engaging manner. Facilitating a group isn’t just about being at the
front of a room and talking; it’s about creating room for ideas to flow and the
group process to take its own shape. The best facilitators are so good that you
forget they’re even there. Great facilitation is an art, but one that can be learned
with plenty of practice, tips, and skills. This workshop will develop skills that
you’ll be able to take back into your community.

Tools from the Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems, Parts 1
and 2
Led by Ryan Pinion and Stacey Milbern
During these two sessions, participants will learn more about the content of the
Reap What You Sow curriculum! Hands-on activities will show how multi-
sensory learning can have powerful impact in an all-inclusive way. Participants
will leave these sessions with resources and activities to take back home and a
better understanding of what the full curriculum will include.
                                Choice Session

Take It There: Talking About Sex
Led by Leroy Moore, Patty Berne, and Truc Nguyen
NYLN recently took a poll of its members. Sexuality was reported as an
important topic. Sins Invalid is a performance group. They use poetry, dance,
video, and drama to challenge people to think about people with disabilities as
sexual (and sexy!). In this evening session, members of Sins Invalid will lead an
interactive discussion. It will be around how people with disabilities can be sex-
positive, sexually expressive, and safe in a world that views people with
disabilities as asexual or tries to exclude us from sex.
 *Note: This session includes open and honest conversation about
sexuality. Participants under 18 years old must provide a consent form
signed by a parent or guardian.
**This is also a youth only session, please attend this session only if you
identify as a youth.

Living in a New World: Developing Intergenerational Space.
Panel includes Stephanie Orlando, Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, Jayne
Chase, and Gerri Smith
Moderator: Cathy Ficker-Terrill
Intergenerational space is an environment where people of all ages feel
included. Often times, adults do most of the talking and they feel that young
people don’t have much to add. Many times it’s because information isn’t being
shared in a way that is accessible to youth. So, how can we make sure young
people’s voices are heard? How can we create a world where youth learn from
parents and elders and the other way around? Those who choose to join this
session will be engaged in a lively discussion with four panelists who represent
parents, youth organizers, and allies--all of whom love creating intergenerational

Rising Up: Disability Identity, Culture, Pride, and Community
Led by Rich Feldman and Janice Fialka-Feldman
Freedom, self-determination, family, pride, community: how do they all fit
together? How can we, as disabled people and allies, create communities
where all bodies and minds are respected? …where our disability identities are
celebrated? …where we value interdependence [supporting one another] and
self-determination [having choice and control of every part of your life]? This fun
and interactive workshop will explore these questions and more!             11
                             Choice Session
A Sneak Peak of More Reap What You Sow Curriculum Tools
Led by Ryan Pinion and Stacey Mibern
In this session, NYLN staff will give you the first look at some more
activities from the Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems
Curriculum. This will be a completely interactive session. We will lead fun,
hands on tools from the curriculum with session participants. Be one of the
first to see these brand new activities!

                       Night Time Social Activities

During the Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems Institute, we
 will offer activities in the evenings that will give you a chance to have fun
   and get to know other participants better. The night activities are not
required for you to attend but we are sure you will have fun if you decide to

Meet and Greet (Thursday July 29th 9:00-11:00 PM)
Drop by the NYLN Hospitality Suite anytime between 9pm and 11pm on
Thursday night. It’s a great chance to meet and hang out with other
Institute attendees from across the country. We will have light snacks.

Sins Invalid Performance (Friday July 30th 8:00-10:30pm)
On Friday night performers from the performance group Sins Invalid will
perform a showcase of their work. Sins Invalid is a performance project led
by disabled artists of color. They are based out of San Francisco,
California. They focus on sexuality, disability, and beauty. One featured
artist performing will be Leroy Moore. He is a co-Founder of Sins Invalid.
He is also a lead force behind Krip-Hop Nation. Maria “Goddess on
Wheels” Palacios, a spoken word poet, will also be performing. She is from
Houston, Texas. Film and written work by artists Todd Herman, Aurora
Levins Morales, and Patty Berne will be featured as well.

*Note: This session includes open and honest conversation about
sexuality. Participants under 18 years old must provide a consent
form signed by a parent or guardian.

Friday Night Hang Out (Friday July 30t h 8:00-10:30)
NYLN staff Stacey Milbern and Ely Guerrero are hosting a hang out for
folks who are not attending the Sins Invalid show on Friday night. We’ll
keep you posted on more details about what to expect. The party gets
started at 8pm in the Hospitality Suite.

            BIOS: Group Leaders and Workshop Facilitators

My name is Gerri Smith. I have a 25-year-old son with a developmental
disability. He is a perfect example of someone who sets big goals for
himself. He always "sticks-to-it" and makes dreams turn into reality. I am a
disability advocate and an educator. I also volunteer. I have two main
goals. One is to educate people how to give people more than one choice
in life. The second is the work with people who believe that all of us
deserve to enjoy everything in our communities. This is our right by birth!
It does not need to be given to us or granted to us. All of us need to
recognize this! All of us need to work towards making our communities
accessible to everyone.

                              Janice Fialka has two adult children, Micah
                              and Emma. She loves being a mother! She
                              also loves being married to her husband, Rich.
                              As a family they enjoy sitting at the dinner table
                              and talking about “making the world a better
                              place.” They believe in starting from the
                              ground up. They always love to laugh out loud.
                              They read poetry and stay involved in social
                              justice issues. Janice is also a social worker,
an author, and a national speaker on disability issues. In 2009, Janice and
her family were given an award. It was called the “Live Time Achievement
Award” from a national organization called Family Voices. They received
the award for their work in advocacy and disability. To learn more about
Janice and her family, visit their website

              Moya Bailey is a graduate student at Emory University. She
              is interested in race, gender, and sexuality. She wants to
              learn how they are represented in media and medicine. She
              is the co-founder of Quirky Black Girls. It’s a network for
              strange and different black girls. It celebrates each of us.
              She believes in the awesome power of the Queer community
              and is a disability justice ally.
Richard Feldman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He
                              attended the University of Michigan from
                              1967-1970. He was active in the
                              student movement of the 1960s and
                              continues to be active today! In 1988,
                              he co-authored a book. It’s called: End
                              of the Line: Auto Workers and the
                              American Dream. Rich is on the board
                              of the James and Grace Lee Boggs
Center. They focus on nurturing community leadership. You can find
out more by visiting their web site: He also
works with Detroit City of Hope, which can be found at: His email is

                       Mia Mingus is a queer physically disabled
                       woman of color. She is Korean American. This
                       gives her the identity of transracial and a
                       transnational adoptee. Her life has been a
                       journey: She was born in Korea. Then she was
                       raised in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Now she
                       lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She does work in the
                       justice field. She focuses on disability justice,
race, oppressed identities, and multi-issue politics. She also finds
power working with reproductive justice, gender, and queer liberation.
Finally, she is interested in transformative justice and adoption across
racial and national lines. She sees the urgency of working together.
And she feels that building alliances [teams] is a way to do that. Her
main commitment is to end sexual violence.

                     Patty Berne is a co-founder of Sins Invalid. Sins
                     Invalid is a performance project. It brings pride to
                     beauty that was once ignored. She has served as
                     artistic director of Sins Invalid since 2006. Berne’s
                     background includes community organizing within
                     the Haitian Diaspora. She also worked with young
                     people in corrections. This could mean juvenile
                     justice systems or jail. She wants to find different
                     ways to work with this community of young
                     people. She advocates for the LGBTQI
                     community. She brings disability rights into
                     conversations about reproductive and genetic
justice. She prioritizes cultural activism to people of diverse cultures.
She especially focuses on people with disabilities. She chairs the
board of directors at San Francisco Women Against Rape. She
received the Empress I Jose Sarria Award. This award focuses on
strong leadership in the field of rights. In this case, the rights are
mainly for the LGBTQI and disability communities.

                    Leroy Moore is co-founder of Sins Invalid. He
                    also serves as the community relations director.
                    He is a Black disabled writer. He is also a poet, a
                    community activist, and a feminist. Leroy is the
                    author of a spoken word CD. He also wrote a
                    chapbook called Black Disabled Man with a Big
                    Mouth & a High IQ. His poems and articles have
                    appeared in several publications. He worked with
                    Todd Herman on films that emphasize disability
                    and sexuality. This team work resulted in the
                    internationally award-winning work “Forbidden
                    Acts.” Leroy lectures on how race and disability
intersect. He is also the founder of the Krip-Hop Project. It produces
hip-hop mixtapes featuring disabled hip-hop artists from around the
                              Micah Fialka-Feldman is 25 years old.
                              He just finished the OPTIONS Program at
                              Oakland University in Michigan. It was his
                              latest “first.” When he was young, he told
                              his parents he wanted to go in the same
                              door as all of his friends. Since then, he
                              has worked for full inclusion. His work
                              was across many levels. He applied it to
school, his community, and eventually his college campus. Micah
shares his time through national service. He volunteers for KASA
(Kids as Self Advocates) and the National Youth Leadership Network
(NYLN). He also works with the Project Advisory Committee for the
Center for Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual
Disabilities. Professionally, Micah has spoken at major conferences
before hundreds of people. To learn more about Micah, visit his

                           Chelsea Tobin Paulson is from South
                           Dakota. She loves to get involved with
                           different disability issues. She is a strong
                           youth advocate. She helps them see their
                           potential. She helps them believe that
                           they CAN, opposed to others in society
                           thinking they can’t. Chelsea worked with
                           the South Dakota Youth Leadership
Forum for four years. She currently serves on the Governing Board
of NYLN. She was Miss Deaf America from 2006 to 2008. This
program was led by the National Association for the Deaf. She also
is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Education and
Elementary Education. She will be teaching at Idaho School for the
Deaf and Blind at Gooding, Idaho.
                           Cathy Ficker Terrill has worked in the field of
                           disabilities for 31 years. She is currently the
                           President and CEO of the Ray Graham
                           Association for Individuals with Disabilities. She
                           has a Masters Degree in Disability Policy. Cathy
                           is the past Director of the Illinois Planning Council
                           on Developmental Disabilities. She helped write
                           three laws. These laws made it easier to help
                           people early in their lives. They also give money
                           to children and adults with mental health needs
                           and developmental disabilities. They make
                           transition services for young adults a requirement.
                           She has also helped families around the world.
She has worked with people in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.
These efforts were through the International Christian Children’s Bureau.
She helped set up family support and parent support groups in Poland.
She helped link children in Russian orphanages with families. Cathy led
strategic planning in Saudi Arabia and Lithuania. She recently volunteered
to lead self-advocacy in three countries: China, Japan, and Cyprus. Cathy
believes that each one of us can make a difference.

                           Stephanie Orlando is a strong advocate for
                           young people with disabilities. She knows what
                           it’s like to receive children’s mental health
                           services. She also knows about special
                           education and residential services. Stephanie is
                           the Director of YOUTH POWER! They are a
                           youth-led group that works under Families
                           Together in New York State. She serves as
                           mentor in her job. She also oversees a
                           statewide network of young people. They
identify as people who are seeking change. She has received several
awards for her work. An example is the Diana Vietz Award in 2008. It was
given to her from the National Council on Independent Living. She was
also given the empower Award in 2006 from the National Mental Health

Jayne Chase is from Florence, Alabama. She has three children:
Christina, Todd, and J. Paul. She got involved in disability issues when J.
Paul got the label of autism. Jayne works to create welcoming communities
where everybody belongs. She believes that no one should be denied
participation in the community. Jayne was the director of Partners in
Policymaking of Alabama. She was a mentor in Washington DC for youth
across the country. She worked with Auburn University and created a
distance learning course. The course was for teachers who work with
students with disabilities. She has made presentations and worked with
families and people with disabilities across the country. She has also
worked with people in Mexico, Ireland, and England. She has won many
awards including Mentor of the Year from the Alabama Early Intervention
and Preschool Agency. She was also named the Parent of the Year by
Auburn University. She also got the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Alabama Disabilities Protection and Advocacy Program. Jayne and her
husband Paul have four grandsons. They also have a dog named Lucy
and a cat called Kat.

                     Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone started advocacy
                     when she was 12. This is when her mother got her
                     involved with conference panels. It became her
                     passion when she turned 19. She is involved with
                     several organizations. She serves as the director of
                     Advocacy for Autism Women’s Network. She also
                     works with Pennsylvania’s OMHSAS Youth
                     committee. It is run through PA Families Inc. She
                     helps with the Youth Outreach Union also. She is a
                     freelance advocate. She lives with her three cats and
                     her Dachshund in rural Pennsylvania. She likes to
blog. Savannah likes anthropology, Victorian romanticism, and the
histories of oppressed populations.

                                 Truc Thanh Nguyen is the newest staff
                                 addition at Sins Invalid. Truc is an
                                 outspoken Queer Vietnamese activist. Truc
                                 has years of experience in many areas.
                                 Truc is a trainer on oppression (racism,
                                 homophobia, etc), domestic violence, and
                                 personal safety. Truc is also a physical self
                                 -defense trainer. Truc is a jack-of-all-trades.
                                 Truc has worked in various capacities in
                                 non-profits. Truc loves volunteer work and
                                 relishes finding ways to "speak truth to
                                 madness," from our margins, through the
fields, and in old footsteps taken to new places.

                            Sharon Lewis is the Commissioner of the
                            Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
                            She was appointed in March 2010. She is a
                            strong advocate. She works toward giving all
                            people equal rights. Sharon has worked in
                            disability policy for over 10 years. She has
                            served at local, state, and national levels. She
                            came to Washington, D.C. as a fellow. She
                            served the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.
                            She worked for Senator Chris Dodd. She was
part of a subcommittee on Children and Families. It was called HELP. In
2007, she led members of the Committee on disability concerns. Some of
their main topics were education, employment, and healthcare. Sharon has
won many awards. One is the 2010 Distinguished Leadership in National
Disability Policy Award. Another is the Consortium for Citizens with
Disabilities Chairman's Award. In Oregon, Sharon worked on public policy.
She served on the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition. She also
served on the Arc. She was the co-chair of the Oregon Family Action
Coalition Team. She founded She also managed
the Oregon Partners in Policymaking Program. She worked with self-
advocates and family members. She helped them participate in policy
decisions. Sharon is a parent to three daughters. One of her daughters
has a disability. She grew up in Michigan. She graduated from Washington
University in St. Louis.
                              Staff Bios

                      Betsy Valnes serves as the Executive Director
                      for the National Youth Leadership Network
                      (NYLN). She is proud to have been a part of
                      NYLN’s evolution. She watched it become a
                      non-profit organization. The exciting part was
                      that it was the first to led by and for young
                      people with disabilities. In the past, she worked
                      with two committees through the National
Council on Disability. They focused on young people and people of
diverse cultures. She loves the value of empowerment. She wants
to see people recognize their full potential. Her main passion is
international human rights. She serves on a council for the National
Clearinghouse for Disability and Exchange. She has contributed to
events in seven different counties. Betsy recently completed her
Master’s degree at American University.

                       Stacey Milbern is NYLN’s Community Outreach
                       Director. She lives in Fayetteville, North
                       Carolina. Her goals is to build power and
                       community with other disabled youth. Stacey
                       identifies as a powerchair-roaring, queer,
                       disabled woman of color. Being a part of these
                       different communities shapes how she sees the
                       world. Stacey has been a part of community
organizing for a long time. She co-founded the Disabled Young
People’s Collective. (It used to be called the NC Youth Leadership
Network.) She also worked to pass legislation. The bill required
public schools to teach disability history. Finally, she co-hosted
trainings about different topics. Some of the topics include youth
power, people of color, and disability justice. In her free time, Stacey
likes to blog, write poetry, and hang out in coffee shops.

Ryan Pinion is NYLN’s Director of Partnership and Action. He lives
                in Durham, North Carolina. Ryan has been actively
                involved in disability activism since 2006. Ryan
                believes in the power of community building. He
                has been a proud member of the Disabled Young
                People’s Collective. It’s a group of young disabled
                activists in North Carolina. In addition to being a
                staunch activist and general rabble-rouser, Ryan
                enjoys playing video games, listening to records,
                and spending time with his dog, Barnaby.

Elizabeth “Ely” Guerrero is the co-director of Partnership and
                      Action. She is 28 years old, and she lives in
                      Portland, Oregon. She also helps NYLN with
                      translation. Ely is currently a stay at home mom
                      to 5-year-old Emmanuel. She is interested in
                      disability rights and Latino outreach. She also
                      loves different forms of art done by people with
                      disabilities. She also tries to learn more about
                      Fibromyalgia. In her free time, she enjoys
photography, spending time with friends and family, painting jello-s,
listening to music, cooking, and dancing.

                               State Partners

The National Youth Leadership Network had four state partner
organizations. Our state partners have helped us with the Reap What You
Sow: Harvesting Support Systems project. My Voice, My Choice, The
Disabled Young People’s Collective, and Youth Power! helped us develop
the curriculum by testing curriculum activities. They gave us feedback to
make the curriculum activities better. Members of the Youth Leadership
Network of Idaho and the Disabled Young People’s Collective helped us
with coordinating the Institute. Here is some more information about our
state partner organizations:

                                        My Voice, My Choice of
                                        Mississippi is a group of people
                                        with developmental disabilities from
                                        across Mississippi. Their mission is
                                        to empower individuals with
                                        disabilities to believe in themselves
                                        and gain the life skills needed to be
                                        productive citizens in their
                                        community and to overcome
everyday challenges. My Voice My Choice of Mississippi works to educate
people with disabilities about self-advocacy and self-determination. They
also work to raise awareness about disability issues to the larger

                        The Disabled Young People’s Collective is a
                        group of disabled youth working to build
                        community in North Carolina. We are activists,
                        advocates, leaders, and friends between the ages
                        of 15 and 28 years old. We want to fight ableism
                        and discrimination against disabled people. We
believe in youth power. Our members have many interests. We work to
make sure that we have tools to work on advocacy, law, direct action, or
other forms of community-building.

YOUTH POWER! is a network of young people seeking change. We live in
New York State. Together, we have decided to speak up about our
experiences. No one knows what it is like for us better than we do. We
really prioritize peer-to-peer mentoring. We empower young people to be
active citizens that are aware of government operations. We also
emphasize our rights and our ability to use our voices to change policies,
practices, and laws. We are young people helping other people. We
ensure that self-help and peer support are available to people. We work to
change systems so that young people get the support they need with the
respect and dignity they deserve. Nothing About Us Without Us!

YLN Idaho empowers young people with disabilities in Idaho. Our main
goal is to create strong leaders. We believe that transition happens through
service learning. Peers lead peers. We serve our communities with three
priorities. They are disability education, advocacy, and access. We take
part in community building activities on the national, state, and local levels.
We feel that full-inclusion is important.


Thanks to the following organizations that gave financial
support or resources to make this conference possible:

  o Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department
    of Health and Human Services.


  o Georgia Statewide Independent Living Council

  o North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities]
  o The Arc of North Carolina

  o Disabled Young People’s Collective

                            Shout Outs

Thanks to the following individuals who gave a tremendous
amount of time, resources, and expertise to the Reap What You
Sow: Harvesting Support Systems project:

Steve Potts, Mike Mayer, Linda Guzman, Gerri Smith, Holly Riddle,
Larry Swabe, George and Jody Pinion, Janice Fialka, Micah Fialka-
Feldman, Rich Feldman, Chelsea Paulson, Stephanie Orlando,
Nickey Kirkwood, Jayne Chase, Cathy Ficker-Terril, Alan Chase, Amy
Doherty, Trevor Buehler, Jessica Croner, Savannah Logsdon-
Breakstone, Jaime Daignault, Carlotta Drew, Jessica Smith, Joe Hall,
Nadia Abou-Karr, Kristina Daggs, Pam Hood, Keith Hood, Megan
                         PACER Center’s National Family Advocacy and Supports
                         Training (FAST) Project provides family support and
                         leadership training to families of children with disabilities in the
                         United States and territories. Through the development and
                         dissemination of 4 training curriculum, families of children with
                         disabilities from diverse racial and linguistic groups, families in
                         poverty, those living in rural and urban areas, military families,
                         and other underserved families will increase their ability to
                         advocate for family support services and influence systems

                          The FAST Project’s four new curricula address topics relating
                          to Employment, Sexuality and Youth Development,
                          Advocating for Your Family, and Strategies for Systems
Change. Parent Training and Information Centers, Community Parent Resource
Centers and other national dissemination networks are assisting in providing
information to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with
them in every state.

FAST is a PACER Center project and is funded by the Federal Administration on
Developmental Disabilities (ADD) as a Project of National Significance.

For more information contact: Shauna McDonald
FAST Project, PACER Center 8161 Normandale Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55437 952-

The SILC of Georgia is a nonprofit, non-governmental, consumer-controlled
organization that plays the vital role of providing disability information, financial
support, and technical assistance to a network of seven Centers for Independent Living
(CILs) located throughout the state.

The mission of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia is the equal
participation of people with disabilities within their communities.

For more information go to or call 888-288-9780
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc.                               26
755 Commerce Dr, Ste 415 * Decatur, GA 30030
                            The Administration on Developmental Disabilities
                            (ADD) is the U.S. Government organization responsible for
                            implementation of the Developmental Disabilities
Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act.

The major goal of The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is for
grantees to partner with state governments, local communities and the private sector to
assist people with developmental disabilities by helping them to reach their maximum
potential through increased independence, productivity and integration within the

Administration on Developmental Disabilities
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mail Stop: HHH 405-D
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20447
Ph: 202-690-6590
Fax: 202-690-6904 or 202-205-8037

                       The Arc of North Carolina provides innovative services.
                       These supports are designed to assist people with
                       developmental disabilities live successful, meaningful lives. We
                       believe that all people should have access to a quality lifestyle
                       in the community and our supports are individually designed to
                       assist people in achieving that lifestyle.

For more information go to
The Arc of North Carolina
343 East Six Forks Rd. Ste. 320
Raleigh, NC 27609
800.662.8706 / 919.782.4632

                                         The North Carolina Council on
                                         Developmental Disabilities’ mission is to
                                         ensure that people with developmental
                                         disabilities and their families participate in the
                                         design of and have access to culturally
                                         competent services and supports, as well as
                                         other assistance and opportunities, which
                                         promote inclusive communities.

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27607

(800)-357-6916 (voice/tdd)
(919)-420-7917 fax

                              The Disabled Young People’s (DYP) Collective is a
                              group of young adults with various disabilities whose
                              purpose is to promote a better understanding of people
                              with disabilities and how their lives are affected. Our
                              tasks include changing disability laws and helping
                              individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves,
                              as well as teaching people without disabilities to
become more tolerant of others’ differences.

We work to build power and community together in North Carolina. We are activists,
advocates, artists, students, leaders and friends between the ages of 15 and 28 years

For more information go to

                           How to Stay Involved

We hope that you will sta y involved with the National Youth Leadership
Network and the Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems project
after the Institute. There are several ways to stay involved.

1. The Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems Curriculum will
be completed and available to the public by November 2010. You can get
updates about when the curriculum will be available and how you can get
your copy by going to NYLN’s website, We will also send
you an email once the curriculum is available.

2. Become a member of NYLN! There is a membership form on the last
page of the conference book. Fill in out and turn it in to one of the NYLN
staff at the end of the Institute.

Members of NYLN receive:
  1. Weekly e-mail updates of opportunities for young people around the
  2. Quarterly e-newsletters;
  3. Invitations to participate on national teleconfereces/webcasts;
  4. Links to training materials and resources created by young people,
     for young people;
  5. Information about other opportunities through the Network.

Best of all, there is no fee to become a member of NYLN.

3. NYLN will be hosting a teleconference in September. It will be a chance
for conference participants to share updates from the Institute to folks who
were not able to be here. On the teleconference we will talk about what will
happen next for the Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems
project. Here are some details about the teleconference:

"The Reap Report" – NYLN National Teleconference
Thursday, September 2, 2010
7:30 PM EST
6:30 PM CST
5:30 PM MST
4:30 PM PST
Join us on for a community report back from the Reap What You Sow:
Harvesting Support Systems Institute! The Institute is a learning event that
NYLN is hosting in North Carolina at the end of July.

A report back is when people share what they learned at an event. We
want to talk more about support systems. We also want to keep building
relationships we made at the Institute.

We will meet via teleconference to talk about:
 o What we learned from the Institute,
 o How we are being active in our communities, and
 o Where NYLN is going in for the future!

To register, use the link on Anyone can join the call. It will be
captioned online.

For more information about the teleconference, email Cindy Singletary at

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