Self Advocates of Minnesota (SAM)
SAM is a network of self-advocates, advisor, allies, friends, family, and professionals-led by self-advocates. The main focus of the group is to build a statewide network to help people with developmental disabilities know their rights through personal and group action.
The Council gets together once a month for meetings and can participate in other activities. The members of the council elect officers who run the monthly meetings. The council also elects two self-advocates to become part of the leader circle representatives who then brings our needs and issues to work on creating a statewide agenda.
What we do each year grant is in place:
- 3 trainings on personal empowerment, leadership development and know your rights.
- 3 trainings on system change, government policy, voting and civic engagement.
- Talk about disability in our society- self-advocacy movement and civil rights.
- Educate the public-Letters to the editor, press releases, and presentations.
- People 1st Minnesota does 3 trainings on personal empowerment, disability awareness, and systems change.
- Participate in the State Leadership Circle meetings.
- Host a Conference.
If you would like more information regarding SAM or when the meeting dates are scheduled, please contact Melissa Evans- SAM Liaison: firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-287-2032 or 888-732-8520 for more information. We are in need of representatives from Rice, Dodge, Goodhue, Mower, Fillmore, Steele, Freeborn, and Wabasha counties.