The June Self-Advocacy Summit - Speaking Up for Yourself and Others

Hosted by Keystone Human Services International and presented in partnership with Keystone Human Services and the Council for Intellectual Disability and Inclusion International

The Keystone Human Services June Summit brings a global conversation about inclusion to Harrisburg, PA. Panelists from around the world will share their personal stories and discuss human rights and advocacy.

This 3-day event happens immediately after the UN's Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD).

People with disability will lead the way throughout the Summit. They will highlight the CRPD and the global movement for inclusion and disability rights.

There are three parts to the June Summit. The evening Plenary Session on June 17 is open to the public. A private pre-conference session presented by Inclusion International (external website) will also be held on June 17.

On June 18–19, workshops will give people with disability the opportunity to network and learn about global human rights, inclusion, and advocacy. These workshops are by invitation only. The Council for Intellectual Disability (external website) will share their curriculum on inclusive practice and advocacy.

The Summit theme is Speaking Up for Yourself and Others. At the Plenary Session, an international panel of advocates will share their experiences with services and institutionalization. They will talk about how they built a life in the community and learned to advocate for themselves and others.

A reception will follow the Plenary Session, where the audience can meet and get to know the panelists better. The Plenary Session and reception are open to the public. Registration is required.

Meet the Plenary Panelists

portrait of Daniel Castellanos

Daniel Castellanos

Daniel Castellanos is the first person with an intellectual disability to attend and graduate from Millersville University, setting the stage for many others to follow in his footsteps through the Integrated Studies Program. He currently works full-time as a cook at the Pressroom Restaurant in Lancaster, PA.

portrait of Alanna Julian

Alanna Julian

Alanna Julian is an Inclusion Projects Officer at Council for Intellectual Disability (CID). She is the first permanent CID employee with an intellectual disability. She joined CID after graduating from the project My Choice Matters Become a Leader program.

portrait of Jaime Cruz Juscamaita

Jaime Cruz Juscamaita

Jaime Cruz Juscamaita is a member of Autogestores SPSD, a self-advocacy group supported by the Sociedad Peruana de Síndrome Down. The group advocates for inclusion in Peru using the CRPD and local laws, and has successfully campaigned on the right to vote and the right to access health and insurance.

portrait of Debbie Robinson

Debra Robinson

Debra Robinson is the Executive Director of Speaking for Ourselves (SFO), a nationally recognized advocacy organization that teaches the public about the needs, wishes, and potential of people with disabilities. Before joining SFO, Debbie was active in the disability movement in New York. …

portrait of Diana Zgherea

Diana Zgherea

Diana believes people with disabilities should live in the community, not in institutions. She now works in a village kindergarten in Moldova, and she loves her job working with the children and other staff.

Visit the plenary session page and learn more about the panelists.


Pre-Conference Workshop

Invitation only

Presented by Inclusion International

June 17, 2019

Keystone Human Services
3700 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110

9:30 am Registration
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Plenary Session

Open to the public

Registration required

Live webcast available

June 17, 2019

Central Penn College

4:30 pm Registration
5:30 pm Plenary begins
Reception to follow

Learn more

June Summit Workshops

Invitation only

Presented by Council for Intellectual Disability

June 18–19, 2019

Keystone Human Services
3700 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Featured June Summit Partner

Council for Intellectual Disability logo

Pre-Conference Partner

Inclusion International logo

Lead Sponsor

KPMG logo

Watch the Live Webcast