Denise Wilson, President
This is her 2nd year as the President. She was instrumental in the renaming of a DSP (Direct Support Professional) training from “You’re Not the Boss of Me” to “Hear Our Voices”. She has firsthand experience with “How to Fight for Your Rights Process” with Slumlords, and spoke at a SKIP (Sick Kids Need Involved People) Forum.
Donna Mingle, Vice President
Donna has been serving as Vice President of the group for 2 years. She is active in the community and looks forward to making positive changes.
Kathy Collado, Secretary
Kathy currently serves on the Community Services Agency Board. She is actively involved in advocating for others through her participation in the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. group.
Ron Wilkins, Sargent at Arms
Ron has been an active member of L.E.A.D.E.R.S. for 3 years. Currently he is employed as a janitor. Ron is hard working and dedicated to helping others advocate on their own behalf.
Hal Lewis, Treasurer
Hal is happy to be participating as an officer of the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. group.
L.E.A.D.E.R.S. is the name for our self-advocacy group. The members of this group truly focus on activities that promote inclusion and increase self-empowerment.
We meet twice each month on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm. Meetings are held at our 1845 Kenmore Avenue facility in Kenmore, New York. Everyone is welcome to join! Please call (716) 447-9999, extension 101 for more information.
Listen – Pay attention to others
Equality – In it together
Advocacy – Speaking up for ourselves
Determination – Not giving up, and being strong
Equal – Dignity for ourselves and others
Rights – To determine our own lives
Supports – Encouragement, understanding, and accepting each other
In Our Own Words: What is a Self Advocate?
“To speak up for what I believe in, help others learn about Self Advocacy, and to learn about myself and my rights as an advocate.”
“To help people. I like attending Self Advocacy meeting to do the activities and I like to meet new people.”
“The right to live where you want. The right to vote. The right to join the same clubs as non-disabled.”
“To tell others about the meetings and help them understand. Talk to people to explain what the meetings are all about. To help other people with disabilities.”
“Speak up for yourself. Help others that need help. To be there for everyone who needs help.”
“Help people out.”
“Self Advocacy means support and understanding. Being there for one another, helping one another, listening to one another.”
“To share feelings with others and helping them express themselves.”
Recent LEADERS Activities:
In light of budget concerns LEADERS has been having multiple conversations on what budget cuts will mean to them. Their heightened awareness of budget issues led them to the decision to travel to Albany to let their public officials know of their concerns. LEADERS voted to use their treasury funds to send a selected group of 7 (5 LEADERS members and 2 staff) to Albany. They independently scheduled appointments with their representatives and met with them to let them know that cuts in services were unacceptable. They found the experience empowering and after the fact felt that like their voices were heard. This was a milestone event for LEADERS because it was the first time they traveled to the State Capital to advocate on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.
Join this active group to take part in great conversations, exciting activities, and become a self advocate, too!
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