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Ambassador Leadership Program Testimonials

Adam on the far left with Governor JB Pritzker and his roommate Cody.

Hi! My name is Adam Wiser. I am an Alliance Ambassador! During the program my goals were to: 

  • Speak to other groups about disabilities.
  • Talk to senators about how important benefits are.
  • Talk to transition group about advocacy. 

I have learned how to speak for my needs and figure out what is important to me. It helped me build confidence. Being an Ambassador led to paid advocacy work! I am now an Alliance staff member and serve as a Self Advocate Leader.

Recently, I spoke to my local legislators about benefits and the importance of paid internships and job opportunities for people with disabilities. I now present on topics like healthy sexuality. I have learned a lot!  

Derrick presenting at the Speak UP Speak OUT Summit in Springfield, IL

My name is Derrick Morris and i I am an Ambassador and also a paid self advocate leader with The Alliance. 

Advocacy is really important to me. I recently advocated to get my own apartment. 

My dream was to be a self advocate leader and help other people with disabilities and I achieved it! I want other people with disabilities to know that they can do anything they put their minds to!

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