SOAR Regional Conference
Disability Leadership & Advocacy
May 31-June 2, 2019 – Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Independence, MO
On May 31-June 2, 2019, the Heartland Self-Advocacy Resource Network (HSRN) gathered over 220 self-advocates, family members, and allies from four states. Seeking Opportunities for an Advocacy Revolution (SOAR) Conference was a first-ever Midwest regional conference for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas, member states in the HSRN.
Partners in this effort included:
People First of Missouri (PFMO)
Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK)
People First of Nebraska (PFN)
Voice of Iowa Disability and Aging Advocates (VIDAA)
The event offered fun, networking, and learning. Speakers included national disability leader and self-advocate, Ollie Cantos; MMA fighter and self-advocate, Garrett Holeve; comedian and self-advocate, Michael Beers; and leadership expert Ed O’Malley. There were also 10 breakout session choices and exhibitors from each of the four states.
Other fun included a dance with disc jockey, paper airplane flying contest, and a photo booth/selfie station. The conference received great reviews!
The conference may be over, but you can still learn more about the event.