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Announcing the Riot 2011 National Conversation Series: Who’s in Charge?

2011 National Conversation Series: Who’s in Charge?

May 3, 2011
June 7, 2011
July 12, 2011

Each 90-minute discussion begins Tuesdays at 2:00 pm Eastern

The Riot’s 2011 National Conversation series provides a forum for self-advocate leaders to talk about:
• What gets in the way of people being in charge of their own lives and support that helps people be in control (May 3rd)
• What gets in the way of self-advocates being in charge of their own movement and support that is helpful (June 7th)
• Ideas about what self-advocate leaders and others can do to strengthen the movement (July 12th)

Speaker List

Sharon Lewis – ADD Commissioner
Ari Ne’eman – ASAN
Beth Davis – self-advocate, Illinois
Betty Williams – SABE president, Indiana
Chester Finn – self-advocate, New York
Gayle B. Gardner – self-advocate, Oregon
Kate Fialkowski – Kennedy Policy Fellow, ADD
Katie Arnold – Sibling Leadership Network, Illinois
Sam Durbin – self-advocate, California
Stacey Milbern – NYLN, North Carolina
Steve Holmes – advisor SANYS, New York
Jennifer Knapp – advisor, Illinios


ADD (the US Administration on Developmental Disabilities) is currently hosting five regional summits to discover what is happening with self-advocacy across the country and develop recommendations for action to strengthen the movement at the state and national levels. Self-advocate leaders from up to 30 states are attending to speak up about the movement in their states.

The Riot wants to hear from self-advocate leaders in all 50 states, Canada, and elsewhere about the self-advocacy movement in your state. Self-advocate leaders everywhere are invited to participate in the Riot 2011 National Conversation series to speak up about Who’s in charge!

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Something for Every Body: Well Into the New Year

By Millie Jackson

Many of us head into January with notions of transforming some aspect of ourselves. Health and wellness are common areas of focus with popular resolutions like losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, getting more rest, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, etc.

Despite our present state of wellness, we can improve upon facets of our well-being.  Regardless of the time of year or the day of the week, each moment presents opportunities to make progress.  Simply put, any day is a good day to resolve to be healthier.

Pondering our current condition—comparing where we are to where we want to be—can be a source of empowerment.  Let your potential get you excited about implementing positive changes; It would be counter-productive to let the evaluation lead you into discouragement. Instead of draining energy on self-judgment, channel it into forward momentum.  Consider the prospect of improving your wellness as a “get to” versus “got to” endeavor.  I find that the first expression connotes “opportunity”, while the second implies “obligation” and “drudgery”.

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29 Million Women Blind Globally

By Ayodele Samuel And Sharon Alake [Leadership Nigeria]

As the world celebrates the World Sight Day , 29.25 million women have been reported blind globally according to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"Out of the purported 45 million blind people worldwide, women account for about 65 percent, which is 29.25 million,"

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said at a news conference to mark the day, adding that another 269 million people were visually impaired, while 85 percent of these people suffer from avoidable blindness that could either be prevented, or treated and cured.

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A Glove To Save a Mother's Life

By Joyce Mulama

KISUMU, Kenya, Sep 12 (IPS) - The need for gloves for health workers assisting with childbirth may be obvious, but in Yala Sub-District Hospital in western Kenya, obvious does not mean available.

At the government-run health facility, serving about 96,000 people, there has been a shortage of gloves – and health personnel are overwhelmed.

"Are you going to send a mother away to buy gloves at night? We need to attend to her, but we cannot recycle gloves. At the same time we cannot touch blood," said Eric Achira, nursing officer in charge of maternity at the facility.

People accompanying the woman are sent to buy gloves, but they often do not have enough money. Achira has on many occasions been forced to dig into his pocket to buy gloves and stock the maternity ward.

Kitale District Hospital, a higher facility and referral hospital, is nearly 180 km away. And it is also suffering a shortage of basic supplies such as gloves.

"Supply of non-pharmaceuticals is an issue. We lack gloves from time to time, and this can be a challenge when it comes to providing a safe and clean delivery," said Dr Geoffrey Wasembeli, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Kitale.

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Something for Every Body: A Love Letter to Any Body

By Millie Jackson

Beloved Body,

You are such an amazing life-partner. You and I have been together from the very beginning, and I know that we will be together until death do us part. You are always there for me, so attentive and responsive. Where would I be without you?

Thank you for being authentic and truthful. I appreciate your down-to-earth qualities. I can count on you to be real with me, and for that I am grateful. You are such a great communicator. I promise to do a better job of listening and responding to your needs.

I love the way you adeptly adapt to changes. You do your best in every moment, no matter what. I admire and respect that. You are so resourceful and efficient even when I admittedly make life hard on you. You always have our best interests at heart.

I value your strength and support: those legs--the way they carry us through the day; those arms--the way they embrace life; those hands--so dexterous. You make life possible!

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Spring Into Action

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Something For Every Body
By Millie Jackson

Would you take a medication if it contributed to a healthy heart, stronger bones and muscles, the discharge of stress, easier weight management, better sleep, fewer health problems, a positive attitude, and more energy?  Okay, next question--would you exercise if you could get the same results?

Exercising increases flexibility, strength, agility and stamina.  It strengthens bones and muscles, providing better support for joints and helping prevent injuries.  Exercise enhances immune function because movement pumps our lymphatic system, which filters and destroys foreign material, defending us against infection while sweating helps eliminate toxins.  Exercising improves self-esteem and is good for our brain because it produces endorphins, which make us feel more peaceful and happy.

Are you in a “got to” versus “get to” attitude about exercise?  I often hear people say, “I have GOT TO start exercising”.  They perceive it as an undesirable chore, making it difficult to get started.  The “get to” attitude approaches the opportunity at hand with more enthusiasm.

I found that the word “exercise” had negative connotations for me, conjuring up images of drudgery.  I prefer the phrase “joyful movement”.  Having enjoyable ways to move my body keeps me more active.  A car accident just over two years ago affects my ability to exercise.  Pain and discomfort can take the fun out of it and have been an on-going challenge for me.  I lost a lot of muscle tone and gained weight.  I don’t have as much energy as I did before the accident, and I have a lot more aches and pains.  But, it has given me greater appreciation for exercise and motivates me to keep rehabilitating so I can have a physically active life-style again. 

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