2020 Self-Advocacy Summit

We are doing something different with the Summit this time. Instead of one big in-person event that lasts a few days and people have to travel to, the 2020 Self-Advocacy Summit will be held online every Monday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm from November 2 to December 7. The Summit sessions will be free. Register for the first session at

Here is a sneak preview of the other topics:
  • November 9 - Disability Arts & Culture
  • November 16 - How to have a healthy relationship (mental health) in person and online
  • November 23 - COVID-19 Safe and Inclusive Relaunch (including employment issues)
  • November 30 - Topic to be announced
  • December 7 - Topic to be announced 

2018 Self-Advocacy Summit

The 2018 Self-Advocacy Summit was held October 1 - 3 at Deer Valley Meadows Camp. The final report for the 2018 Self-Advocacy Summit is finally here! Click on the picture below or the link below it to download the entire report.

Or Click on the chapters below to read just the parts you want
Feedback to Government

Past Summits

Meet...Learn...Share...Speak Up...Have Fun

Our Self-Advocacy Summit was held on June 13 - 15, 2014 at MacEwan University in Edmonton. It was a big success, despite hot rooms and hard beds for those who stayed in the residence. What was the best thing about the Summit? Most people said it was the great program of classes, seeing old and new friends, and the dance with photo booth.

The Alberta Ministry of Human Services gave us money to plan this event so it was free for up to 200 self-advocates and their supporters. This was important because many people with disabilities are poor and cannot travel because it costs too much. It is hard for them to find out what is happening and learn from self-advocates in other places.

People at the Summit learned
  • how to live better on a budget
  • how to have a say in government
  • how to try new things like dance, art, outdoor activity and social media
  • how to be a better you
Click here to read our report on the Summit

We would like to thank the following for their support of the Summit...

What happened at the 2009 Summit

The 2009 Self-Advocacy Summit was a big success. We talked about how we could make life better for everyone.Here is what self-advocates said is most important and what will make things better:
We want to be accepted as equals. To do this, each of us needs to do two things. First we need to take responsibility for what we do. Second, we must get involved in our communities. When we show others what we can do, they will be on our side. We can tell our stories at schools and group meetings. Self-advocacy groups can tell others that we need things in plain words. That way, we can understand and have our say. We can help folks make their words plain.
We want to have strong relationships. To do this, we need workshops and information about how to make friends. We need to join groups and clubs and go to meetings and dances. It is there we can make friends. We need to phone and e-mail our friends and meet them for dates. We need money and support to get out to places to find and keep friends.
We want enough money to live on. We need more money from AISH. And we need to keep more money from jobs. We need rent, utilities and transportation to cost less.  To get these things, we need to talk to MLAs. We can tell them what it means to have so little money when things cost so much. We need to tell them what would help.
We want services that meet our needs. To do this, we need government to ask us what we need. Government should listen to us when they want to make changes. We need information to be easy to understand. Then we can work together to give government good ideas. We also need AISH and other program rules and forms to be simple. That will help us not make mistakes.
We want nice, safe places to live. To do this, we need to tell government about our needs. First, we need more places we can afford. Second, those places need to be in good neighbourhoods. Third, we need agencies and PDD to listen to us. If we need to live alone or have a pet to make us feel good, then hear that. Do not make us live with others to get the services we need if we do not want to. We need to be able to pick who we live with and the rules for our home.
We want to be strong self-advocates. To do this, we need workshops on how to be leaders. We need information about issues to be in plain language, Plain words help us understand. We need people and money to support self-advocacy. We need self-advocacy groups to help us. That way we can plan things that give us a say in our communities and what governments decide. We need a provincial self-advocacy group and more Summits so we can feel united and share what we have done.
To find out more about what happened at the summit, go to

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