MAY 12 – 13


MAY 12 – 13


MAY 12 – 13




Every other year Advocating Change Together and the Conference Planning Committee organizations put on a two-day state self-advocacy conference. Typically 400-500 self-advocates and allies attend to make friends, learn about self-advocacy issues, and become connected to the larger self-advocacy movement.

What makes this conference unique is its “nothing about us without us” approach. Two-thirds of the sessions will be led or co-led by self-advocates and all voting members of the conference planning committee are self-advocates. They select the workshops, entertainment, food, decorations, theme and make sure it will be a great time. This year the committee has selected “Celebrating Life” as the theme. A picture is worth a thousand words, check out some photos from the 2015 MN State Self-Advocacy Conference to get a feel for what it’s all about.


The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439 on May 12th and 13th

We need your help to make it great:

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 12th

8:00 am – 4:30 am          Registrations & Shirt Pickup

8:00 am – 3:00 pm          Exhibits

9:30 am – 10:30 am        Opening Ceremony

10:45 am – 11:45 am       Workshops – Session 1

10:45 am – 4:00 pm           Art Studio for All

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm         Lunch (Bacon Pub Burger & fixins served with Fries)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm           Workshops – Session 2

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm           Ice Cream Social

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm           Workshops – Session 3

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm           Sing – a – Long

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm           Dinner (Wild Rice Stuffed Breast of Chicken with Roasted Potatoes)

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm           Irving Martin Award & Door Prizes

7:00 pm – 10:30 pm         DJ and Dance!

Saturday, May 13th

8:00 am – 10:45 am         Art Studio for All

8:00 am – 1:00 pm           Exhibits

8:00 am – 1:00 pm           Registration & Shirt Pick Up

9:30 am – 10:30 am         Workshops – Session 4

10:45 am – 11:45 am       Workshops – Session 5

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Lunch (Chicken Penne Pasta Primavera)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Closing Remarks & Send Off


DEADLINE FOR T-SHIRTS IS 4/14 – (Will be available after this date but not guaranteed)



– Over 45 Workshops on Disability Brian has powerRights, Housing, the MN Olmstead Plan, Transportation and much more

– Entertainment including a DJ and Dance, Photo Booth, Bingo (with Prizes), Singing, and Art

– 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 earn CEUs while learning how to better connect with self-advocates

– Get information, exercises, and project ideas to strengthen your self-advocacy group or learn how to start one

Download the Conference Registration Flyer Here if you want to mail in your registration and payment, call 651-641-0297 to register by phone, otherwise complete your registration online by:

Select the number of people you are registering (Qty*) and click on the register now button below

Price Qty
Conference Registration (NO T-Shirt included, Contact ACT to order your T-Shirt Seperate) $139.00 (USD)  

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The Minnesota Self-Advocacy Conference brings together 400-500 self-advocates, allies, family members, and professionals. Sponsoring is way to get your organizations name out there while providing self-advocates with a great conference at a fraction of the cost.

The real cost for the conference is approximately $300 per person, but with your generous support (and support of other sponsors), we will be able to reduce the registration fee (to merely offset meal costs) for each person. By sponsoring this event, you will make it possible for more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the state to come to St. Paul to learn about and celebrate disability rights, human rights, and the self-advocacy movement.

Sponsor Now!

Download the Conference Sponsorship Form Here and mail or scan and email it in if you prefer to use a hard copy. Otherwise click the button above to complete your sponsorship online.

A Big Thank You to our early sponsors, the conference would not exist without you!


_MG_9466DEADLINE to submit proposals is March 31st

The Workshops are the heart and sole of conference. It is in these smaller sized groups that valuable learning, networking, and growth really happen. Our Conference Planning Committee has identified the following as topics that will be covered at the conference:

–   Transportation
–   Olmstead and Community Life
–   Employment
–   Housing
–   Guardianship
–   Group Building
–   Recreation

We will consider any workshop related to self-advocacy but are especially interested in workshops led by self-advocates. We are looking for presenters with engaging interactive sessions. If you are looking to lead a workshop for the first time, or are a rock star presenter, please consider using your talents to move self-advocacy forward.

Refer anyone you think would be a good presenter to this page or have them contact the conference planning committee, pmitchell@selfadvocacy.org

Submit a Workshop Proposal


Download the Presenter Form Here and mail or scan and email it in if you prefer using a hard copy, Otherwise use the button above to submit your Workshop Proposal online.


Irving Martin Award


The 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
Nominate Someone


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


The Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference is a chance for meaningful interaction with hundreds of self-advocates, allies, and professionals. Exhibitors have access to their booth space throughout the conference at the times listed below:

Friday, May 12th, 2017 (can set up at 7:30)       8:00 AM – 3:00 PM                $350
focus: businesses, organizations, services

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 (can set up at 7:30)   8:00 AM – 1:00 PM                $50
focus: self-advocacy groups

Download and fill out the 2017 Conference Exhibitor Form

Email forms to pmitchell@selfadvocacy.org, send to:

MN Self Advocacy Conference
1821 University Ave W STE 306-S
St. Paul, MN 55104

Or complete your Exhibitor Form Online by selecting your exhibitor booth day(s) below

Price Qty
Both Friday and Saturday $400.00 (USD)  / bundle 
Friday, May 12th $350.00 (USD)  / bundle 
Saturday, May 13th $50.00 (USD)  / bundle 

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Contact Us

To register over the phone for the conference please call 651-641-0297. If no one is available to assist you please leave your name, number, and when a good time to call you back is on the general message mail box.

Fax any form: 651-641-4053

For questions about the conference contact:

Patrick Mitchell
651-641-0297 Ext 13