Stories of Self-Direction

April 19, 2023



Stories of Self-Direction

People with lived experience are in the best position to talk about the freedom and independence self-direction has brought to their lives. During this session, people who self-direct will share their stories including:

  1. how self-direction changed their lives;
  2. advice for others thinking about self-directing;
  3. strategies to address the workforce crisis; and 
  4. what they wish state personnel and Financial Management Services (FMS) providers knew about self-direction. 



Wednesday, April 19th from 2-3 PM (EST)



Registration is free but attendance is limited to the first 500 participants. You can register here



Kathy Hertzog helped form and is the Board President of Voices For Independence which helps improve the quality, independence, dignity, and control in individuals with disabilities lives. Over the last 30+ years, Kathy has also actively served on a wide variety of local, statewide, regional and Governor appointed advisory committees, workgroups, and transition groups in an effort to enhance and improve the quality and consumer control of services provided to individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Kathy has Cerebral Palsy and had High Incomplete C3-C4 Spinal Cord Injury at or during birth. Kathy graduated Cum Laud with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in December 1988.

Nathan "Nate" Turner has advocated for the civil rights of Ohioans for more than 15 years. He shares his lived experience as a black man with cerebral palsy working remotely from his home near Toledo as the Advocacy Policy Specialist for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.  Nate recently completed a SARTAC policy fellowship with the Ohio Self-Determination Association dedicated to rights assertiveness and self-direction. In his free time, Nate enjoys trying innovative technologies, eating his favorite Italian food recipes, and experiencing the latest in books, TV shows, and movies



This session is part of our free 2023 Self-Direction Conference: Virtual SeriesSubscribe to our mailing list to get the latest information on conference sessions!