Welcome to Self-Advocacy 101, brought to you by the Special Needs Support Center in collaboration with Green Mountain Self Advocates. This 10 week program will give you information on what a self-advocate is and how you can become a self-advocate. We will also explore and make plans to create a meaningful self-advocacy project of our own.
Co-facilitated by Owen Daniel-McCarter and Max Barrows
Owen is an attorney whose practice has specialized in PreK-12 LGBTQ+ affirming policies and legislation, criminal defense and prisoner legal advocacy, identity docs for trans* folks, and civil rights law. Owen graduated from the City University of New York School of Law, a public law school in the city colleges system. While there, he worked with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Families for Freedom, the AIDS Center of Queens County, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Owen has a bachelors degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from the University of Vermont. where he co-founded a student-run conference on transgender identities while also pushing the University to step into leadership with a comprehensive preferred name and gender system for University services and facilities. This system was implemented in the early 2000’s, and has been used as a model by Universities across the U.S. since.
Max Barrows is Outreach Director for Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a position he has held since 2007. He mentors youth and adults with developmental disabilities to speak up for themselves and become leaders. GMSA is a lead partner of the Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center. Max leads SARTAC’s technical assistance team assisting local and state self-advocacy organizations across the nation. Max connects with people on all levels advocating for true-inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. In his work, he advances the message that when you meet an individual with a disability, presume competence. He received a White House Champions of Change award for this work in 2015 and Champion of Equal Opportunity award from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities in 2019. Max is an accomplished self-advocate from Vermont who served as a board member for Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered from 2008 to 2016. On a personal level, Max has a very high interest in extreme weather and he likes to watch college and professional sports.