On Monday evening, April 30, The Cape Cod Network hosted a free Advocacy and Storytelling Training at The Cape Space Conference Center in Hyannis. After attendees enjoyed a dinner of sandwiches, chips, and dessert, Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc of Massachusetts, gave a presentation on the state budget process and DDS. Julie Heffernan of The Arc’s Becker Center for Advocacy then spoke to families about how to use personal stories as tools for advocacy.
Many thanks to Rob Spongberg, Executive Director of The Arc of Cape Cod; Anne McManus, President and CEO of Latham Center; David Botting, President and CEO of Community Connections, Diane Enochs, Executive Director of Living Independently Forever; and Rosalie Edes, Executive Director of Cape Abilities, for organizing the event. It was inspiring and energizing to see so many great organizations join forces for a common cause. In the words of Anne McManus, “We view the evening as the beginning of a journey to get more parents involved as a power group. Last night was informative and a catalyst for the future.”
Written by Julie Heffernan
Advocacy Alliance Coordinator