Speak Up and Speak OUt Summit

November 16 - 20, 2020

Virtual using Zoom Webinar

Speak Up and Speak Out Summit (SUSO)

is a 5 day conference of speakers and fun activities that will show people with disabilities that they have a voice, they have choices in what they do with their life. We are committed to empowering persons with disabilities to reach their highest potential in education, employment and community living. 

SUSO 2020:Feel the Power of the Community!

 

Agenda

Monday, November 16, 2020

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Scott Palm: "Disability Awareness: How to Work Together"

11:15 - 11:45 AM

FUN ACTIVITY

Erin Compton - "Speak Up Speak Out Dance Advocacy"

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Housekeeping and Welcome to the 1st Virtual SUSO!

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch Break and Open Mic 

Sign up for Open Mic on your Registration Form. It is first come, first served and the topic to speak about is: How do you feel the POWER OF YOUR COMMUNITY Through SUSO?

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Director Allison Stark

12:45- 1:30 PM

Session

"Keys to Zoom: Tricks to Meeting Online"

1:45- 2:30 PM

Session

"Self-Advocates & Sexuality: We Have Rights!"

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Session

"The Election is Over: Now What?"

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Housekeeping and Welcome to Day Two!

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Smrokowski: "Special Chronicles: Giving Respect and Voice to People with Disabilities Through Digital Media Storytelling"

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

FUN ACTIVITY

Peter Leidy -"Are We Having Fun Yet? Songs and Stories That Make Us Thing (and Laugh)"

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break and Open Mic 

Sign up for Open Mic on your Registration Form. It is first come, first served and the topic to speak about is: How do you feel the POWER OF YOUR COMMUNITY Through SUSO?

1:30 - 2:15 PM

Session

"Get Involved in Holiday Celebrations"

2:15 - 2:30 PM

ELECTED OFFICIAL INVITED

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Lydia X. Z. Brown: "Disability as part of social justice/diversity movements/work"

11:15 - 11:45 AM

FUN ACTIVITY

Tricia Hogan, Amy Foster, Furry Friends Recovery - "Dog Tricks"

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Session

"Going to College and the Challenges Faced"

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Housekeeping and Welcome to Day Three!

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch Break and Open Mic 

Sign up for Open Mic on your Registration Form. It is first come, first served and the topic to speak about is: How do you feel the POWER OF YOUR COMMUNITY Through SUSO?

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Director Rahnee Patrick

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Keynote Speaker

Micah Fialka-Feldman: "Through the Same Door: Inclusion Includes College and Beyond"

4:00 - 5:30 PM

"Intelligent Lives" Movie Screening

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Housekeeping and Welcome to Day Four!

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Speakers

Russell Lehman: "Finding Success Through Struggle"

Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:15 - 11:45 AM

FUN ACTIVITY​

DJ Pump Pump It Up 

12:15 - 1:00 PM

Session​

"Being the Best Advocate That You Can Be"

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Session

"#HearOurVoices!: Stories from People of Color with Disabilities" 

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch Break and Open Mic 

Sign up for Open Mic on your Registration Form. It is first come, first served and the topic to speak about is: How do you feel the POWER OF YOUR COMMUNITY Through SUSO?

2:00 - 2:15 PM

ELECTED OFFICIAL INVITED

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

TJ Gordon and Candace Coleman: "Disabled I AM"

Friday, November 20, 2020

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Housekeeping and Welcome to Day Five!

11:15 - 11:45 AM

FUN ACTIVITY

"SUSO Closing Ceremony...or Is it?"

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch Break and Open Mic 

Sign up for Open Mic on your Registration Form. It is first come, first served and the topic to speak about is: How do you feel the POWER OF YOUR COMMUNITY Through SUSO?

12:15 - 12:45 PM

ELECTED OFFICIAL INVITED

12:45 - 1:30 PM

Session

"Financial Wellness"

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Session

"Wellness Recovery Action Plan - W.R.A.P."

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Stipend Forms

Keynote Speakers

Scott Palm

"Disability Awareness: How to Work Together"

Daniel Smrokowski

"Special Chronicles: Giving Respect and Voice To People with Disabilities Through Digital Media Storytelling"

Lydia X. Z. Brown

"Disability as part of social justice/diversity movements/work"

Micah Fialka-Feldman

"Through the Same Door: Inclusion Includes College and Beyond"

Russell Lehman

"Finding Success Through Struggle"

TJ Gordon and Candace Coleman

"Disabled I AM"

How to Get There?

This year's SUSO Summit will be held VIRTUALLY using Zoom Webinar. 

You will receive one Zoom Webinar link to join for all 5 days. 

Connect to the VIRTUAL Zoom Webinar using your phone, laptop, or tablet, wherever you can access the internet.

 
 
 

Questions? Give Us a Call!

Janet Donahue or

Becca Schroeder

The Arc of Illinois 

1-815-464-1832

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Funded by The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Organized by The Arc of Illinois

In partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. This project was supported, in part by grant numbers 19/2001ILSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.