Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Thank YOU for making #DisabilityAdvocacyDaySC2022 a huge success!
COVID-19 Protocol for Disability Advocacy Day 2022
During the 33rd Annual Disability Advocacy Day event, the South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO) will be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for large gatherings. It is important for event attendees to keep social distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other attendees, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer. Please visit the CDC's website regarding large gatherings for more information or click here.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services brought to you by the
Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) and Voice to Print Captioning.
Tune in at 9:25 a.m. for streaming text of the event brought to you by Voice to Print Captioning.
The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO)
and Disability Advocacy Day 2022
The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO) is a coalition of organizations whose aim is to assure self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with severe lifelong disabilities in all aspects of society. Collectively, we advocate for more than 500,000 people with severe, lifelong disabilities in South Carolina.
Disability Advocacy Day is a grassroots effort organized by advocacy organizations all across the state to educate our governor and legislators about the lives, challenges and needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.
We invite the public, lawmakers, and community partners to attend the 33rd Annual Disability Advocacy Day celebration on March 2, 2022 to bring about a call to action to unlock barriers to success and preserve services and supports for people with disabilities.
We will gather on the North grounds of the South Carolina State House. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. Events include a walk, a rally, and speeches by community partners, self-advocates, and others.
This year's theme is Connect & Affect, and together we can connect and affect each other's lives and seek out solutions to the many challenges that face the disability community in our state.
Join us to Connect & Affect to unlock barriers and create lasting change!
Registration Begins at 9:00 a.m. Be sure to sign in and be counted!
Click Below to Find your Legislators And Make appointments to Meet with them!
What you have to say matters!
* We meet at the North stairs (front)
9:00 a.m. Registration Begins
9:30 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
9:35 a.m. Disability Advocate of the Year Announcement
9:40 a.m. Keynote Speaker, the Honorable Thomas Alexander, President of the South Carolina Senate
9:45 a.m. Remarks from the Honorable Alan Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General
9:55 a.m. Remarks from Dr. Michelle Fry, State Director of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities & Special Needs
10:05 a.m. Remarks from Connie Munn, Director of the South Carolina Department on Aging
10:15 a.m. Remarks from Brittany Higgins Terry, the Comet Mobility Management Specialist with Able South Carolina
10:25 a.m. Remarks from Felicia McGill, Miss Gamecock and Disability Advocate
10:30 a.m. Remarks from Victoria Wilborn, Advocate
10:35 a.m. Remarks from Duncan Wilburn, Self-Advocate
10:40 a.m. Self-Advocate of the Year Announcement and Remarks
10:45 a.m. Remarks from the Honorable Molly Spearman, South Carolina Superintendent of Education
10:50 a.m. Closing Remarks
11:00 a.m. Rally/ Networking Mixer
Tips on Advocating:
One of the most important steps we can take ahead of Disability Advocacy Day is to look up our legislators, see what committees they are on and find out how they have voted on issues we care about. With the website Open States, constituents can find bills they are interested in and also search for their legislators. To find your legislators’ voting records, we recommend searching for them on Ballotpedia. Both of these sites are great resources for any advocate to be properly informed.
Once we become informed on the issues and our legislators, we can better advocate for ourselves during the session and beyond. But Disability Advocacy Day is not the only opportunity to advocate! In fact, there are year-round opportunities. Once you have found who represents you and how they vote, feel free to reach out to them on social media or connect with them via email or phone before Disability Advocacy Day. Make sure to let them know you are a constituent in their district. Each legislator has an important voice in their chamber, and they want to hear from their communities.
One thing we must remember is that these state lawmakers are our friends and neighbors. A lot of these legislators know some information about a lot of different things, so be prepared to educate them on issues you care about. If you are planning to attend Disability Advocacy Day, feel free to invite them to join you!