Youth test accessible voting machines and leadership skills at conference

DRW updates
Andrea Kadlec
Director of Community Relations

Youth from across the state attended the annual Self Advocacy in Motion Youth Leadership Retreat in Ellensburg in June.  Youth danced, learned about civic engagement, practiced voting on accessible machines, and met movie producer Kathleen Jo Ryan, who introduced her acclaimed "Right to Risk", a movie about individuals with disabilities who go whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon.  Youth were also introduced to Ms. Wheelchair Washington, and presented on various community leadership projects they'd undertaken throughout the school year.

The conference was the culmination of the year's Self-Advocacy in Motion, a youth-led project which promotes leadership, self-advocacy, self-determination and disability awareness in high schools and transition programs across Washington.