SABE, or Self Advocates Becoming Empowered is a national advocacy organization that strives to promote opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live full lives. This year, SABE has selected a new group of self-advocate fellows to create projects that will benefit the field of advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each fellow gets paid 5000 dollars to complete a project over the course of a year, and they work with a “host” organization that is familiar with self-advocacy to support them with resources to complete their project.
As of March 1st, Sorretie Jaro has been selected as a 2018 SABE fellow, with the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds as her host organization. Her project is “Empowering Legislative Advocates Through Video.” Sorretie will create an accessible training that teaches advocates how to research bills, find their legislators, and contact them in a variety of ways, including by making a video message to them. Her project runs from March 1st 2018 to February 28th of 2019, and she will travel to Alabama in June for the national SABE conference.
Stay tuned for updates about Sorretie’s project and opportunities to get involved!