SARTAC is Recruiting Self-Advocates for Policy Leadership Fellowships

March 15th, 2017

  Amazing Paid Fellowship Opportunity!

The SARTAC Fellowship Opportunity has now closed. Fellowship Awards will be announced by the middle of May 2017. Thanks to everyone who summited an SARTAC Fellowship Application.


Stay tuned, a new group of fellows will be chosen next year applications will be available after January 2018. 

The November 2016 Voters with Disabilities Experience Survey period has closed

Thanks to everyone who took the time to take the survey. The result of the November 2106 Voters with Disabilities Experience survey will be up shortly thanks again.


Where can you register to Vote

September 21st, 2016

This link is from our friends at the Election Assistance Commission. They have many other voting resources on their site. In honor of the National Voter Registration Day, September 29, 2016, we are sharing this link.

Pick your state to find the Secretary of State or Election board to complete your registration and your polling location.

Click on this link Where you can register in your state

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered awarded National Self Advocacy Resource Center Grant by Administration on Community Living

September 15th, 2016

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the oldest national self-advocacy organization in the country, has been awarded a grant from the Administration for Community Living to establish the first-ever National Resource Center for Self-Advocacy (NRCSA). The resource center will be funded through a $2 million, five-year cooperative agreement funded as a Project of National Significance by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities under the Administration on Disabilities.
SABE’s mission since its formation in 1990 has been to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in speaking up for themselves on issues that impact their lives.
“SABE is thrilled to lead this initiative while engaging a diverse group of partner organizations to strengthen self-advocacy skills and knowledge of advocates across the nation,” said Tia Nelis, President of SABE. “We see this important work as expanding on civil rights movements by supporting the voices of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Chester Finn, former SABE President, said: “We are thrilled to work with self-advocacy groups across the country, because this has been our guiding purpose as an organization for many years!”
The National Resource Center for Self-Advocacy will:
• Share best practices in promoting self-advocacy;
• Form an advisory committee that represents the diversity of the self-advocacy community;
• Research the history of the self-advocacy movement and compare to other civil rights movements;
• Provide training and technical assistance to local, statewide and regional self-advocacy organizations;
• Create Leadership Policy Fellowship experiences for self advocates; and
• Develop a web-based resource clearinghouse.
The outcome of the center’s efforts will result in a stronger, more diverse self-advocacy community, leadership and employment opportunities for self-advocates, and a more powerful collective voice of self advocates across the nation.
The full list of partner organizations that will help produce the outcomes and products of the center includes:
• Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN),
• Green Mountain Self Advocates (GMSA),
• Heartland Self-Advocacy Resource Network (HSRN),
• North East Advocates Together (NEAT),
• Our Communities Standing Strong (OCSS),
• Pacific Alliance,
• Project ACTION!,
• Southwest Alliance,
• Southwest Institute for Families and Children (SWI),
• TASH, and
• University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development (UCEDD) (UMKC-IHD),
Additionally, the Georgetown University National Center on Cultural Competence will provide guidance and support to ensure the tools promoted by the new resource center respect, honor, and represent the beliefs and values of people from diverse cultures and linguistic backgrounds.
For more information about the project, please contact Tia Nelis at 630-808-8883 or Teresa Moore at 602-725-3117 or email

November 2016 Elections

September 1st, 2016






If you have any problems during the November 2016 Elections, please click on the following link for information on how to reach someone to assist you.   2016 Primary Hotline Schedule link


SABE Self Advocacy Conference

January 12th, 2016

Dear State Self Advocacy Organization:

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) hopes all is well with you and your organization.  We hope the movement is contagious in your state and that your voices are being heard.

We are unable to do a national conference for 2016.  However, we are encouraging states in each of the SABE 9 regions to have regional meetings.  These meetings can boost the self advocacy movement in your region by getting to know each other better.

What can you do at region conferences or meetings?

This is an opportunity for you to strengthen your state’s base on self advocacy.

  • You can ask your regional representative to speak at your meeting
  • They can share about SABE, and, what we are doing as a nation on self advocacy

SABE 2018

The national conference will be back on track for 2018!  We look forward to the 2018 National Self Advocacy Conference! We also look forward to hearing all about your regional meeting!


Please click on this link for the 2018 SABE conference Conference-Bid-Packet-Revised-Dec-16

SABE Executive Committee & Advisors


2014 Voters with Disabilities Election Report

December 2nd, 2015


A new study shows that having a disability is not the problem with voting, it is having the accessible equipment, accessible locations and respect to do so.

Cincinnati, Ohio November 30, 2015 – As the country prepares for the 2016 Presidential Election, how prepared are Election Officials to meet the voting needs of people with disabilities?  A survey conducted by Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), a national organization lead by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, on the accessibility of the 2014 Election found:

  • 27% of voters, who used wheelchairs, had problems moving around the voting area
  • 11% of the voters reported poll workers treated them like they were NOT able to vote
  • 17% of the voters said the accessible voting machines were not up and running when they arrived at the polling location
  • 11% of the voters self-reported they did not know how to operate the accessible equipment
  • 21% of the poll workers did not provide clear instructions on how to use the accessible voting equipment
  • 19% of voters, who used Absentee Ballots, did so because they felt they could not vote privately at the polling location

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) passed in 2000 outlines specific regulations that all Elections must follow:

  • be held in accessible locations
  • use ballots that encourage people to vote rather than discourage
  • allow voters to cast their ballot privately and independently

This study finds the greatest barrier to voting for people with disabilities is the lack of knowledge of poll workers.

Click the link to read the 2014 Election Report link

VOTE Project Distance Training Webinars

May 30th, 2015


Shout out to the 2016 Distance training state groups from Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

SABE Voter Project goes Tech

Special thanks to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, and Maryland for joining us this on the vote project.  Technology can never replace face to face meetings or trainings, but we can have a great learning experience when you have caring and passionate people working together.

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SABE vote project presenting using GoToWebinar.

AL P&A voting 2015

The Alabama staff from the Protection and Advocacy joining in on the Distance Learning Webinar.

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Vote project Candy activity.

SABE Voter project 2014

2014 was SABE’s first year training self advocacy groups and their P&A organizations.  States that participated were Maine, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.


SABE’s My Technology Handbook

May 14th, 2015

I want to share how my relationship with technology began?  I was so afraid of it; my first couple of computers were given to me when someone was getting a new one. I was told how to turn it on and about some programs or games on it.

I wish we could all learn from a friend who had hundreds of hours to give to us but that is hard to come by.  Next best thing is a book that you can look at that doesn’t rush you. Or expect you to remember but, The My Technology Handbook will ask you make notes to help you remember.

Most of us are not satisfied with a phone that just makes phone calls or a computer that types letters anymore.  We want computers or phones to help us build on personal goals or group goals.  Before you can decide what you want the technology to help you with, you might like to understand how things work and what is possible. The My Technology Handbook will help you understand the very basic words or terms to prepare you for the discussion about what you need.

After reading this I hope you have an experience like I did. Understanding technology and how to use the tools like social media safely to connect with your friends in self advocacy and grow your organization’s partnerships.

The SABE My Technology Handbook answers questions that most of us who are new or just learning about technology ask.  This Handbook uses easy to understand directions and step by step pictures to teach these skills. Remember it was written by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.

You can learn how to find the right computer, tablet, smart phone, apps and programs that will work best for you. Also, you can learn how to stay safe when using the computer, security options and how to use the internet.  Then we have social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Skype) Blogging, Vlogging, Conference Calls, GoToMeeting and Webinars.

Just CLICK on the title, My Technology Handbook, to begin your journey in the world of technology!

   SABE technology handbook 2015 pic

This version allows for screen readers to be used.

Click here for the user-friendly version with “graphics” of the SABE My Technology Handbook



Our Community Standing Strong Webinars

November 20th, 2014

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The next OCSS webinars:

Emergency Preparedness, presented by Oklahoma TBA

If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Juliana Huerena (, 602-502-7426).

Check out the OCSS Video Blogs

August 11th, 2014


Click here to see the videos. Learn about the issues that are important to people with disabilities, powerful words of leadership.