Empower Us training in USA

Two of our Empower Us team from the Americas, Jaime from Peru and Tia from USA recently led Empower Us training for self-advocates who work with Inclusion International member Keystone Human services.

The training took place as as part of Keystone’s Self-advocacy Summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the USA.


The training followed on from the Conference of State Parties (COSP) that happened in New York the week before. Tia and Jaime trained the self-advocates on self-advocacy and human rights.

The self-advocates were very interested in self-advocacy around the world and how the experiences of people with an intellectual disability were similar no matter what country people were from.

The group spoke about how the important issues are the same for everyone - employment, having good lives in the community, the need for the right support and being valued and respected.

Jaime spoke about how the human rights of people with disabilities are protected by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD has not been ratified (put into law) by the USA so this was interesting information for the self-advocates.

In the afternoon Tia led a session on how to advocate for rights and inclusion which included some great role plays which you can watch in the videos below.

Well done to Tia and Jaime and all the self-advocates from Keystone!

For more information about our Empower Us training, get in touch - empowerus@inclusion-international.org