Free Seminar on Self-Advocacy and Self-Help offered by HDI

This seminar offered by UK's Human Development Institute focuses on lessons in self-advocacy and self-help based on the life and work of Ed Roberts, a pioneering disability rights activist. Roberts is widely recognized as the founder of the independent living movement and was instrumental in developing the first Center for Independent Living, an organization advocating for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in community life. The presenters will highlight a variety of ways for people to join the independent living movement.


Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn the story of Ed Roberts and his role in the disability rights movement.

2. Participants will become familiar with the independent living paradigm.

3. Participants will be able to identify ways they can become self-advocates and join in the independent living movement.


  • Willis Deitz, Executive Director of Independence Place, Inc., a Center for Independent Living, has worked in the disability field for nearly a decade.
  • Megan Coleman, Operations Manager of Independence Place, Inc., oversees the Employment and Transition programs at Independence Place. 

DATE: Friday, February 2, 2018   

TIME: 1:00 – 3:00pm EST


UK Coldstream Research Campus

Human Development Institute Training Room

1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY  40511

Join in person or online via videoconference. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants 

Registration: There is no charge to register. Space is limited. Electronic registration will open December 15, 2017. Visit HDI Seminar Registration to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact


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