Speakers Bureau

In a home, DVU board members sit around a long rectangular table at a meeting

Empowered to
tell our own stories

Trained and
qualified speakers
on disability topics

The DVU Self-Advocates Speakers Bureau includes a handpicked selection of self-advocates from diverse backgrounds who can transform your programs and promote inclusivity and empowerment through the power of personal narratives. From developing empathy and acceptance to delving into disability rights history to exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion, we offer the ideal presenter for your event, seminar, workshop, or conference.

The Self-Advocates Speakers Bureau stands as an invaluable resource for schools, organizations, and companies aiming to connect with experienced speakers and trainers for their audiences. Each member of our Bureau is a seasoned expert in their respective fields, equipped with extensive training in public speaking and delivering impactful presentations.

They are not only disability experts but also agents of change within their communities. Through their unique stories, we aim to foster understanding, empathy, and inspire transformative action.

 

Our self-advocate speakers offer:

  • Authenticity and Relatability: With authentic perspectives drawn from their living experiences, self-advocates’ stories are deeply relatable to audiences. Their narratives encompass both challenges and triumphs, forging meaningful connections.
  • Diverse Perspectives: The Speakers Bureau offers a diverse group of self-advocates, each with unique backgrounds and expertise. This diversity ensures you can find a speaker aligned with your specific goals and objectives.
  • Catalysts for Change: Self-advocates not only share their experiences but also inspire action and promote inclusivity, equality, and understanding.

 

Specialists, with personal experience

The presenters through the Self-Advocates Speakers Bureau can present on a range of topics, including:

  • Practicing Supported Decision-Making and reducing the use of conservatorships
  • Navigating the complexities of the healthcare system through the lens of disability
  • Eliminating racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in diagnosis, education, and services for people with disabilities
  • Recruiting, employing, supporting, and supervising people with disabilities
  • Including students with disabilities in pre-schools, K-12, and higher education
  • Improving health care and life outcomes of people with disabilities
  • And many other disability rights and justice topics!

For more information, write us at info@disabilityvoices.org.

Find the Self-Advocate Speaker that’s right for you:

Allen Robertson

Allen Q. Robertson

Expert on

  • Local government, legislation & policies
  • Some other issue that matters
Susana Martinez

Susana Martinez

Expert on

  • Education & inclusion
  • Communication access
  • Local government, legislation & policies
  • More...>>
Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Expert on

  • Communication access
  • Local government, legislation & policies
  • Transportation & community accessibility
  • More...>>
Andy Jones

Mark Jones

Expert on

  • Local government, legislation & policies
  • Transportation & community accessibility
Linda Washington

LInda Washington

Expert on

  • Communication access
  • Local government, legislation & policies
  • Transportation & community accessibility
  • More...>>

Note: Disability Voices United’s Self-Advocates Speaker’s Bureau trains and empowers people with disabilities to share their stories. The media, organizations, corporations, schools, community groups, and others can leverage the Bureau to find and book individuals with disabilities who have compelling narratives and messages. Disability Voices United facilitates connections with potential speakers but does not oversee their presentations, negotiate rates, or manage their contracts with organizations wanting their services.