I-ASC’s Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network is busy getting ready for the Motormorphosis Conference! We can’t wait to see you and give you a little taste this year IN REAL LIFE!
This year we are planning to shake things up a bit. We’re planning to launch our new campaign live with you! The entire goal of this campaign is to raise awareness that nonspeakers want more access to communication and a seat at the table in our communities. We have a plan to raise this awareness by educating administrators of these spaces about nonspeaking people. Come join us to learn more and help launch our plan. We want you to be involved!
Come experience the synergy and magic of a typical S&A meeting. Have you never come to an advocacy meeting like this before? Well, never fear; fun and excitement await!
Here are some things that our members have said about being a part of S&A:
Anshil Kumar: “To be a part of this group is a privilege and an honor; I love having this outlet to connect with like-minded individuals.”
Sofi Ghassaei— “Hopeful – we are the revolution!”
Divyesh Jain— “I am thankful to Spellers and Allies for giving me an opportunity to make connections and advocate for nonspeakers.”
Sarah Ackerman— “Being in Spellers and Allies gives me hope and inspiration for the future of nonspeakers.”
Gregory Tino— “Being in such an incredible group is an amazing honor, and I feel so glad about the work we are doing to help other nonspeakers.”
Anna Napolitano— “It has enriched my life by giving me friends and a platform to advocate for nonspeakers.”
Tejas Rao Sankar— “It was miraculous to meet and have allies. I had many speller friends before this group. But having allies was new for me. With them, I believe we can be the best team that will change things for all spellers.”
Joel Nyland— “Spellers and Allies highlights the possibilities I create to make a difference in the world.”
Samyukta & Aniruddha Rao— “Life-changing! We’ve met so many wonderful people here and are so grateful to be a part of this incredible movement.”
Nico Segrera— “We are growing, and we will grow stronger with everyone holding hands.”
Monica van Schaik— “Being in Spellers & Allies teaches me so much about being an S2C Practitioner who follows the directions of nonspeaking people.”
Noah Seback— “For me, membership in S&A has solidified my belief that YOU, ME, WE can unite to make the world a more accepting place for nonspeakers.”
Becky Reist— “One sentence is not enough to describe how being a member of Spellers & Allies has shaped my views towards the world and myself, in the best way.”
We can’t wait to see you at our breakout session on Sunday, July 24th, from 2:45-3:30 pm. Together we will have some laughs, share about this campaign and launch it. Who knows? You might just be the lucky one to go home with a super-secret-undisclosed-item-but-uber- critical-to-the-campaign!
All ages of nonspeakers, speakers, neurodivergents, and neurotypicals are welcome! We will have some body engagers available to help you make it through the last of the conference. You are also very welcome to come and go as you need. We need you in our movement!
Written by The Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network
The I-ASC Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network is a group of spellers and allies who advocate together around issues that concern nonspeaking people, such as agency, autonomy, and access. Through public education and advocacy campaigns, we seek to make real change for all nonspeaking people. The Spellers & Allies Advocacy Network welcomes nonspeaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking adults above the age of 18. We welcome allies and anyone interested in becoming an ally between the ages of 18-30.