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Community Empowerment Programs, Inc.’s Collaborative Self-Advocacy Forum
Follow on Activates
After a thorough debrief of the Self-Advocacy Collaborative Forum held at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 16th, 2015 Community Empowerment Programs, Inc. (CEPI) seeks develop and implement a two-part pilot program that helps integrate People With Disabilities (PWDs) into communities by establishing ourselves as a conduit in which self-advocates, federal partners, non-profits, and community liaisons have access to training, workshop, outreach, and educational services and supports. The second part of proposed programming recruits, retains, and mentors young emerging leaders with, or without disabilities hence, are interested in becoming stake-holders and go-to-persons and can be relied on in the areas of volunteerism, community outreach, and technical training support and facilitation.
CEPI has begun developing follow-on activates as part of our commitment to next steps and seeks to gain support through partnerships and other essential resources from vested stake-holders who are interested in affecting change by supporting our proposed Peer-To-Peer Education and Advocacy Program for PWDs, pilot program that seeks to offer:
Transitional Support, Technical Assistance, Training, Employment Preparedness & Retention, Personal Safety, and Community Integrated Supports were highlighted during discussions at the forum and as a result CEPI has developed a strategy that includes establishing a team of 4 Peer Educators who will receive coaching and training from our management team so that they can provide advocacy services to groups and individuals across the country who are engaged in SA. PE activates will encompass the following;
Project Staff and Infrastructure Development Needs
CEPI seeks to increase its infrastructure capacity adding a National Director who will be responsible for assisting in the development and strengthening of our existing Self-Advocacy and Outreach programs and supervise Peer-To-Peer Education and Advocacy proposed staff and volunteers, and strengthen alliances with partner organizations onthe federal and community level perform duties as a Peer Mentors.
In addition, PE’s will works with individuals and groups who are not connected in their respective communities on skills development, communication, and linkages to job training programs, housing opportunities, health care services, and SA Support Groups. These supports will be essential as individuals increasingly transition out of various facilities and into the community while adding increased personal stability, confidence, and safety.
To further add to the importance of increased community integration CEPI believes there should be increased participation at policy and governance meetings by PWDs. Peer Educators will be responsible for attending a variety of regular meetings and other opportunities for inclusion that build linkages between the disabilities community and potential partners that enable management to develop its technical support training materials.
Young emerging leaders will be drafted, groomed, and supported through this process and we believe that this will help foster opportunities for mentorship, employment opportunities, and overall smooth communication between federal, state, local, community based organizations, and the self-advocacy community. Management will provide total support to its peer educators, individuals, and groups that become formed as a result of these steps. The end result CEPI is seeking to achieve is self-sustainability across various disabilities communities and decrease the barriers to service that currently exist.
CEPI anticipates that next steps will span between 2 to 3 years and will begin to see results early during year 2. In the meantime management will continue to work with PE’s, federal partners, existing self-advocacy groups, non-profits, and vested community stake-holders on the promotion of solution-based outcomes. These outcomes will be drafted into a pilot training manual that will be used to provide technical support to interested new self-advocacy groups, non-profits, and individuals seeking support, peer mentoring services, and skill development for independent, inclusive, and self-sufficient living arrangements within their communities.
Training Manuals and Pilot Projects to Build Self-Sufficiency
Advocates who live in their own place, have a job, has experienced and overcome transitioning out of workshops or similar settings will mentor PWDs by buddying up and supporting them with life-choices and a step by step plan that can accomplish by taking the following steps as an example;
- 1.Building self confidence
- 2.Developing networking proficiency within communities of choice
- 3.Learning how to navigate transportation systems and what’s available in communities
- 4.Connecting those resources with larger scale systems (advocacy, legislation, etc.)
- 5.Checking in with individuals throughout goal-settings and follow-through with support
This is a snapshot of the train-the-trainer materials that are being worked on along with a completely detailed proposal that we would like to get started on right away.
Community Empowerment Programs, Inc. provides multiple services. Unlike most nonprofit organizations who serve one specific area, CEPI provides programs and services in early education as a Medicaid approved Provider Agency, English as a second language education support and school programs aboard, and self-advocacy services for people with disabilities (PWDs).
Although we have graduated from grassroots to service implementation there is still a lot of work to be done. Our five year strategic plan includes developing and sustaining partnerships with local, national, and international universities and other stake-holders in education, disabilities, and community development.
In order to accomplish this we will rely on existing partnerships and newly formed ones that promote common goals and objectives in the target areas we serve. People are our priority and livelihood, education, and personal growth are the objectives are a major part our objectives in aiding others in achieving self-sufficiency and independence.
We seek to offer training and workshop programs to educate, advocate, and foster these goals through partnerships and we understand that in order to sustain a community it takes a community. CEPI will continue to reach out to stake-holders, community leaders, educational institutions, youth organizations, and health-care providers. Why? Because we know these people and programs are vital to the success of any community growth and development.
Need help with Self-Advocacy or Presentations? Contact us to help you develop community integrated support & services for PWDs. Our team will work with you to develop a plan that includes employment, education, community involvement, and recreational services.
Want to work with children, families, & youth abroad? Contact us to for help with setting up curriculum, travel, and community support teams that work with us/and existing international partners in education, government, and NGO collaborates.
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