With Our Voices: A Gathering for Self-Advocates

What is Self-Advocacy?

We are all distinct individuals with our own likes and dislikes; we all have different opinions and beliefs. It is important to know who we are and what we believe in. If we know what is important to us and the things we care about, we can share that with others. Knowing who we are can help us speak up for ourselves and support others to speak up for themselves too. That is what Self-Advocacy is all about. 


You are invited to a gathering for Self-Advocates. You will have the chance to learn more about who you are.  The day will be filled with activities that will help you become more confident in yourself. If you would like to bring a guest (a loved one or support staff) they are more than welcome too!


With Our Voices: A Gathering for Self-Advocates

Date: Saturday, October 7

FREE for you and a guest

Time: 8 am – 4 pm 

Location: Hyatt Regency Bloomington

3200 East 81st Street

Bloomington, MN 55425


Click here for information on parking, transportation, and a map


Register for the Gathering for Self-Advocates


The Plan for the Day:

8 am: Registration Opens and Self-Advocates Check-in     

9 am: Welcome 

9:15 am: Self Empowerment Performance                                

9:45 am: Presentation on Emotional Intelligence, Twin Cities R!SE*

10 am: Introduction to Personal Empowerment, Twin Cities R!SE*

12 pm: Lunch                                               

1 pm: Topic Specific Activity Session 1

1:50 pm: Break

2 pm: Topic Specific Activity Session 2

(Activity sessions 1 and 2 will include speakers from The Arc GTC, Special Olympics, and U of M Institute on Community Integration)

2:50 pm: Break                                                       

3 pm: Rising Stars Award Ceremony**

3:30 pm: Closing Reception  


*Twin Cities R!SE Workshop

A sense of responsibility, self-worth, sociability, self-management, integrity, and honesty—these are identified as making a big difference in ones work and personal life. The interpersonal skills of teamwork, teaching others, leadership, negotiation, and working with diversity are also identified as essential to success. This workshop will cover the four building blocks of Emotional Intelligence/Emotional Quotient; Self-Awareness, Self-Control, Other-Awareness and Relationship Management. Learn how you can improve your self-esteem, increase your sense of  personal responsibility and compassion, and improved your overall success!


**Rising Stars Award Ceremony

As part of the Self-Advocacy Gathering, we would like to take time to acknowledge and celebrate self-advocates who have had the courage to use their personal empowerment skills. To nominate a self-advocate, click here


Note about the Sprout Film Festival

All participants of the Self-Advocacy gathering are invited to the Sprout Film Festival that will be held the evening of October 7. The Sprout Film Festival will also take place at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington, the same location of the Self-Advocacy gathering. More information and registration for the Sprout Film Festival will be available soon.



If you are in need of interpretive services or accommodations, please contact The Arc Greater Twin Cities with your request two weeks prior to the event.


Haddii aad u baahantahay turjubaan ama waafaajin, fadlan la so xariir Arc Greater twin cities mudo oo laba asbuuc ka hor maalinti dhacdo.


Yog koj xav tau ib tug neeg txais lus los yog xav tau kev pab lwm yam hu rau Arc Greater Twin Cities ob lub lim tiam ua ntej.


Si usted necesita servicios de intérprete o acomodaciones, por favor póngase en contacto con The Arc Greater Twin Cities con su petición dos semanas antes del acontecimiento.



For more information, contact The Arc Greater Twin Cities at 952.920.0855.