Self-Advocates and Family Members

Application Opening Soon

Things to Know

  • Time Commitment: 300 hours over 2 semesters (completion over four semesters/2 yrs is available).

  • Semesters: Fall and Spring semesters run August thru April

  • Stipend: A stipend is available but might be considered income so personal circumstances should be considered carefully. Contact us to discuss your options.

Self-Advocates and Family Member Trainees provide valuable insights into the lived experiences and perceptions of individuals with disabilities. Advocates learn many different skills. Some want to become a voice within their community, others want to learn how decisions are made, still others want to be more proactive in receiving their own services.

Trainees attend a class most Fridays, Noon to 4pm Mountain Time. Each week trainees spend additional time participating in a team leadership project, assignments, and in researching resources. A Self-Advocate/Family Trainee must have 300 hours total to complete the program, but it can be completed over 1 year or 2 years.


  • Seminars on leadership, policy, advocacy, legislative issues, and more.

  • Opportunities to talk and work with professionals to help improve the health of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities.

  • Information and resources to help individuals increase independence and speak up for themselves and others with disabilities.