The Self-Advocacy Training and Support Program was designed to help transition age youth (15-25)* build self-advocacy skills in their personal, professional, and community life. We offer both virtual and in-person options.
Self-Advocacy Skills is an 8-week session and consists of:
8 small group classes (1:6 staff to student ratio)
4 bi-weekly individual coaching meetings for students related to self-advocacy and their individual circumstances
A self-advocacy workbook and group designed T-shirt
Some of the topics covered in the group classes include: rights and self-determination, models of disability, asking for help, independence, steps in self-advocacy, interpersonal self-advocacy (advocacy within the home, family, community), and employment self-advocacy.
Individual coaching meeting topics will vary depending on the student. Topics students could select include, but are not limited to; interpersonal self-advocacy, identifying disability related needs, post-secondary or job planning, workplace readiness, and/or understanding home and community based waivers.
*If youth fall outside the targeted age range and would still like to participate, please contact us directly for options.
**If interested in 1:1 class offerings, please contact us directly for options.
Cost and Registration
To ask about registration, get more information, and see dates of upcoming sessions, click here.
The cost for each one-hour group class as $30.00 ($7.50 per unit) and the cost for each one-hour individual coaching meeting is $75.00 ($18.75 per unit). Additional coaching meetings beyond the session are available at the individual rate depending on student need and facilitator availability.
Participation in the session can be billed in the following ways:
Through a Home and Community Based Waiver (both Traditional and CDCS). Click HERE for billing details.
Through Vocational Rehabilitation Services (currently PENDING approval). Click HERE for billing details.
Through Private Pay. Click HERE for billing details.
The Self-Advocacy Training and Support Program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services.
Times and Locations
We offer two types of classes, in-person and virtual.
Our in-person West Metro location is at the Learning Disabilities Association building in Golden Valley and classes are offered on Saturday afternoons.
We also offer virtual classes online on Friday evenings.
Individual coaching meetings are scheduled either in home, virtually, at our West Saint Paul office, or in the community. These meetings are bi-weekly and scheduled at a time convenient for you.
For dates of upcoming session, please see the registration form.
Our self-advocacy facilitator is Cole Sorensen. Cole has experience in education and direct support, working with families, professionals, and young people. He is also a public speaker, lecturer, and consultant. His work focuses on promoting autonomy, self-determination, communication access, and dignity of risk for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cole holds a degree in Foundations of Special Education from the University of Minnesota. He identifies proudly as disabled and is on the Consumer Directed Community Supports Program.
For questions about the Self Advocacy program, contact
Stacy Vigiletti, Program Director