Self-Direction Virtual Conference Series
Teaching Public Speaking Skills and Creating Opportunities for Self Advocates
There has been a long-standing interest in including people with disabilities in community and agency outreach, training, and development projects. While there are many people with disabilities who are enthusiastic about public speaking and outreach efforts, there are few training and mentoring opportunities to help them attain the necessary skills and experience.
To promote public speaking skill development for self-advocates, the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) piloted a training series and developed a curriculum that was made available to providers and community agencies in 2020.
During this session, Teaching Public Speaking Skills and Creating Opportunities for Self Advocates, DDS and 3 public speaking course graduates will discuss the training project, review the curriculum, and share next steps for the graduates as well as other programs who may want to adapt the curriculum.
Session attendees will receive a copy of the training curriculum, Facilitator’s Guide, and best practices. The goal of this session is to advance opportunities for others to be speakers and leaders!
Thursday, June 24th from 3-4 PM (EST).
Registration is free but limited to the first 500 registrants. You can register here.
Desiree Isenberg is a recent graduate of the Public Speaking Course and excited to have opportunities to increase her skills and experiences. Desiree’s goal is to encourage and help others through training, coaching, and volunteering. She likes working with others to learn and try new things in their lives and to be good self-advocates.
Joshua Pactovis is a graduate of the Public Speaking Course in 2019. Joshua was a Co-Instructor himself for a session in the 2021 Public Speaking Course and he is enthusiastic about more opportunities. Joshua’s goal is to help and encourage others through teaching and leadership.
William Rose is a recent graduate of the Public Speaking Course and happy to be a Presenter for the first time! William’s goal is to share information, experience, and education with others on supporting individuals with disabilities. William is now dependent upon care from others due to a stroke in 2016. From his own experience, he wants to educate others on sensitivity, dignity, and advocacy.