People First groups assist self-advocates in finding their own voices to speak for themselves, and strengthen their abilities to live as independently as possible in their communities. This is achieved through networking, educational training, and events that build social and life skills. The Southwest Region helps establish and provide ongoing support for People First groups.
At self-advocacy group meetings, members discuss community issues important to people with disabilities and learn to work as a team to solve problems. Some local group activities have included educational sessions to review the rights all people have, and group projects, like asking the local city council for better transportation for people with disabilities.
Search “People First” with your county and region in the events calendar.
Lee Ann Erickson, Program Director
Fairmont, MN 56031
Phone: 507.235.8580 or regional toll-free number, 800.427.2895
Regional fax: 507.235.2680
Wilbur Neushwander-Frink, Regional Coordinator
501 South Second Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507.345.4223 or regional toll-free number, 866.502.4082
Regional fax: 507.345.8145
Statewide toll-free number: 833.450.1494