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ARC of NM, Center for Self Advocacy hold conference

April 24, 2013 • Local News


Students in the Advocates in Action club at Oñate High School pose with speakers Amira Rasheed and Adam Shand at the Self Advocacy Leadership Conference, Wednesday. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)

“Advocacy means to stick up for what you believe in,” The ARC of New Mexico program assistant Amira Rasheed said at the Self Advocacy Leadership Conference held Wednesday at Sally Port Inn.

The ARC of New Mexico, an organization that helps improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, along with the Center for Self Advocacy put on the leadership conference to empower people with disabilities to be their own advocates, said Connie DeHerrera, who is with the Center for Self Advocacy.

Self-advocate Cynthia Berkheimer attests to how important it is that a disability does not define a person and that he or she still deserves respect.

“We’re no different from anyone else,” Berkheimer said. “We have Login to read more

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