Speakers Bureau

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Become a Self-Advocate Speaker


Your story can change the conversation

Are you passionate about advocating for the rights and inclusion of individuals with disabilities? Do you believe that your unique perspective and experiences can make a difference?  Disability Voices United is committed to supporting you to share your story and advocate for the services and support we all need.

  • Amplify your voice
  • Advocate for change
  • Grow your self-confidence
  • Impact your community

We invite you to join our Self-Advocates Speakers Bureau and become a driving force for change in your community.


Who can be a self-advocate speaker with the DVU Speakers Bureau?

Candidates to be a speaker with the DVU Self-Advocate Speakers Bureau must complete a 3-session virtual training program in public speaking around disability issues, and mee the following qualifications:

  • Have a disability – all disabilities are included
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a California resident

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We support you as a self-advocate speaker

With our training program, before becoming a speaker with the DVU speakers bureau you’ll learn to amplify your voice, advocate for change, grow your self-confidence, and impact your community.  You’ll get the tools you need to be an effective self-advocate speaker. Through lecture and breakout sessions, we’ll guide you in identifying:

  • Who you are as the messenger
  • What do you have to say?
  • Who is your audience?

Once selected to be featured as part of the DVU speaker’s bureau, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in ongoing leadership training.

The next self-advocates training session will be in 2025. To be notified when applications are being accepted, please join DVU’s mailing list here.