Emerging Advocates Group

Welcome to the Think College Emerging Advocates Group. 

In April, 2019,  a group of college students with disabilities who attend Transition Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with ID came to Washington, DC to advocate for the Higher Education Act for themselves. They advocated alongside staff from those programs and others. This was quite exciting to see, so this group was developed for students with disabilities to talk with others so they could continue to share ideas and learn tips together about advocacy.  That initial group has grown to include dozens of emerging leaders who get together on these quarterly calls, and we welcome new members.  Click this link to go to a sign-up sheet that you can fill out to join this group.

This group is led by and for people with disabilities. Of course, supporters are welcome.



The next Emerging Advocates meeting is Thursday, June 10 at 2pm EST. Use this link to join the meeting. Sign up to get an update via email. 


March 11, 2021: Notes forthcoming

The Thursday, December 10 meeting had attendees from at least 6 different colleges. Rebecca Lazo asked the group if they would be interested in contributing to an ICI workgroup discussion on how people with disabilities prefer to be to be addressed. Liz asked questions of the group about what good came from the pandemic, and what there is to look forward to. Possible future topics were also discussed.

The September 10, 2020 Emerging Advocates meeting was on the topic of voting. Liz and her colleague, Lauren (also from AUCD) presented on registering to vote, voting safely, learning about the candidates, and more. The recording and PowerPoint presentation can be found here.

March 2020 meeting: Due to COVID-19, the March Emerging Advocates group meeting was canceled. Throughout the months of April and May, Liz hosted weekly meetings on Fridays for youth with disabilities to gather and discuss issues such as voting, advocacy, the effects of COVID-19 on life and learning and work, the Census, and more. If you want any information about these meetings, please contact Liz Weintraub (lweintraub@AUCD.org) or Denise Rozell (drozell@AUCD.org).

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 meeting: You can watch the recording or access the Power Points here. At this meeting, the following topics were discussed:

  • Review of recent elections
  • Discussion of important disability-related topics in upcoming elections
  • How to contact your representatives
  • And, information about Think College Policy Advocates

 Thursday, September 19, 2019 meeting: You can watch the recording or access the Power Points here. At this meeting, the following topics were discussed:

  • What is advocacy and how to advocate for yourself
  • What to advocate for
  • Registering to vote
  • And, homework: invite a friend to the next meeting, register to vote, practice advocating for yourself.

The first meeting of this group was on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. At this meeting, we did the following:

  • Introduced ourselves
  • Talked about our experience at the Disabilty Policy Seminar in Washington, DC
  • Talked about the difference between state and federal, when talking about laws and advocacy

The recording of the meeting can be accessed here