Teaching a Workshop at a Conference

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Why this challenge is important

Having self-advocates teach a workshop at the Voices and Choices conference can be really valuable to the self-advocates that present and the conference attendees that go to their workshop. There are many different workshop topics that self-advocates really engage in wanting the world to know about such as but not limited to being their own guardian, telling their stories, emergency preparedness, organizing finances, facilitated communication, and acceptance of LGBTQ people with disabilities.

A Call for Workshop Presenters!

On April 25 - 26, 2023 we will hold our conference in Burlington at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Our conference committee is busy planning regional events for 2022. Check back for details.

The conference planning committee looks for workshops that:

  • Include at least one person with a disability as a lead presenter
  • Are interactive (5 minutes of talking maximum before involving the audience in some way)
  • Use humor, music, role plays, small group work, games, activities,
  • Move at a good pace (not fast) give enough time for all to understand
  • Consider including pictures, videos, handouts
  • Are on a wide variety of topics

Who can present?

Preference will be given to workshops taught by people with disabilities. Support can be given by others, but self-advocates must be the lead presenters. Self-Advocates who are presenting are eligible for a scholarship (only 3 scholarships per workshop). First time presenters will be asked to share all of their presentation materials with GMSA staff ahead of time so we can assist you as needed.

How long should each workshop be?

Each workshop must be 1 hour and 15 minutes long.  Be sure and give time for people to ask questions and discussion! Let us know if you want to present in the morning or afternoon or both times.

What audiovisual aids will be provided?  You can request flip charts, markers, and/or LCD projector (we have a few of these). There are a few laptops available.