Center for Self Advocacy

Peer Empowerment Network

“Center for Self Advocacy requests $149,916 over two years to expand the Peer Empowerment Network (PEN), which first launched in 2017. Under this project, CSA is looking to broaden the age range of participants, increase family/caregiver involvement, and engage community groups who serve as natural supports for IDD youth transitioning to adulthood. According to the proposal, the organization will expand the range of topics covered in workshops and create peer social support groups focused on providing advice and support to those striving to live independently.

PEN challenges the notion about what young people with IDD can and cannot do and emphasizes that many of these individuals are capable of pursing and achieving goals that allow them to lead a fuller life. New York State changes with the push toward managed care has uniquely positioned the CSA to offer programming that helps individuals identify their strengths. PEN involves empowering participants with decision-making skills.”

CATEGORY: Programs & Services
LOCATION: Buffalo, NY
AMOUNT: $149,916 over Two Years
YEAR AWARDED: 2018

The phrases "Join the Conversation" and "Let's Talk Stigma" on either side of a microphone.


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