People First Self-Advocacy Retreat 2011

People First Self-Advocacy Retreat 2011

People First of Boone County is a self-advocacy group run by and existing for people with developmental disabilities. On a rainy September weekend, group members joined other local chapters affiliated with People First of Missouri in a retreat at Wonderland Camp. The rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm, and campers enjoyed a weekend that combined learning with fun and communion with nature.

Two seasoned Boone County chapter members – Greg Griffin and Jason Mize – conducted training on self-advocacy at the retreat. “This is what it’s about,” says Greg. “It’s about knowing what your rights are, it’s about standing up for your rights, it’s about speaking up for yourself.”
About 100 self-advocates attended this year’s retreat.

People First of Boone County meets on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m., at 1209 E. Walnut (the BCFR main office). Anyone interested in attending may simply show up. For more information about the group and its advocacy efforts locally and statewide may contact Mark Satterwhite at 573-874-1995 ext. 154.