SAND (Self-Advocates Network Development)

Leaders wanted.

We’re looking for individuals who…

  • Want to learn to speak up for themselves and others;
  • Want to tell family, friends, employers, and policymakers that we want to make our own decisions and live our lives the way we choose, with support only if we really need it;
  • Want to learn about other organizations, such as Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) that are creating real and lasting policy change in communities across the nation.

We train self-advocates to know and understand their rights, and to help teach others. Together we can create chapters across Arkansas, to train even more self-advocates.

Join us. For more information, contact Darren Morris at or call 800-482-1174.

My ABILITY is stronger than my DISABILITY.

Many of us are born with a disability. Others have a disability that resulted from an accident or illness.

But we are people, and like everyone else, we have dreams and goals. Our disabilities don’t change that.

With the support of family, friends, teachers, and others, we can make a difference in this world and be positive role models in the community.

We believe that regardless of disability, people have the right to make their own decisions and manage their own lives (with the right support, if they need it).

SAND Objectives – Fiscal Year 2020

During Fiscal Year 2020, the Self Advocate Network Development project will:

  • Establish at least three (3) regional groups that are sustainable. These groups will be run by members of that region. The Self-Advocacy Coordinator’s involvement will be to serve in an advisory role for that group(s).
  • Develop one video that focuses on self-advocacy within the state of Arkansas.
  • Develop a user-friendly website that will provide information on self-advocacy.
  • Create resource materials to distribute at regional meetings.
  • Continue to meet with the following groups: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Springdale, Camden, and Truman.
  • Provide information to Hot Springs and Harrison groups.

The SAND program will also identify advisors/allies across the state to help support local self-advocacy group meetings.


This web page was made possible through an agreement, authorized under Public Law 106-402, between the University of Arkansas, Partners for Inclusive Communities, and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Disability Rights Arkansas.