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Date(s) - September 11, 2014 - September 13, 2014
All Day

Element Hotel, Midtown Crossing

Mark your calendars and save the date!!!   The Citizen Advocacy Foundation of America and Disability Rights Nebraska (formerly known as Nebraska Advocacy Services, Inc.) are planning a Citizen Advocacy Get Together, September 11-13, 2014, at the Element Hotel in fabulous Midtown Crossing. Just 5 minutes from Omaha’s downtown and 15 minutes from the airport, Midtown Crossing is home to eclectic restaurants and shops and is a perfect venue for the Citizen Advocacy Get Together.

Who should attend

This event is intended for individuals and groups who are doing Citizen Advocacy in keeping with the definition and principles and who are committed to strengthening their understanding of Citizen Advocacy. This includes coordinators, board members and others.

What is the purpose of the ‘Get Together’?

To discover common concerns and issues related to the work of Citizen Advocacy regarding the key office activities, principles and the foundation of programs.

To share stories of our work and to be inspired by the efforts of citizen advocates.

What is the content?

The content of our discussions will be determined by those of us who attend.  In the first session, we will break into small groups to generate the ideas and issues that we want to discuss. These will be organized into themes and streams, and will serve as our focus for the rest of our time together.

There will be ample time for connecting with each other including informal discussions and social time.

How the sessions will be structured?

  • Attendees may move in and out of discussions as they wish.  Attendees should be prepared to take responsibility for their own experience by asking themselves: What do I want to share? What do I want to learn?
  • Some discussion items will be repeated, depending on interest.
  • The discussion groups will not be facilitated.

An opportunity to view the Wolfensberger Collection

Attendees will have an opportunity to view the Wolfensberger Collection located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Library less than two miles from Midtown Crossing Omaha.  A time to view the collection will be planned to coincide with the Citizen Advocacy Get Together.

Who is sponsoring this event?

The Citizen Advocacy Foundation of America has made a generous donation to make this event possible.   Funds from the Foundation will be used to underwrite the expenses that would typically be charged to attendees in the form of a significant registration fee.   Foundation funds will be used to cover meeting room costs and most of the meals during the event.   We anticipate that attendees will be charged a small registration fee of no more than $100.

About the venue

The Element Hotel by Westin at Midtown Crossing Omaha has quoted us an incredibly reasonable rate of just $89.00 per night plus tax.   We got a great deal due to the fact that the Director of Sales also worked with us organizing the 2000 Citizen Advocacy Conference at a different venue!

When will the registration packets be sent out?

Registration packets including a detailed agenda and final costs will be mailed out electronically in May, 2014.   In the meantime, we continue to send out ‘Save the Date’ notices every few months.

Who should I contact for questions?

Contact the event organizers:

Zana Lutfiyya:  zana.lutfiyya@umanitoba.ca

Cec Lynes: ceclynes@rogers.com

John Murphy: john@drne.org

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Tour of the Wolf Wolfensberger Collection

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Cocktail Hour and Welcome

Friday, September 12 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.       Opening; History of Citizen Advocacy

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.      Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Discussion groups

12:00 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.          Discussion groups

2:45 p.m.  – 3:15 p.m.         Afternoon break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.          Discussion groups

Evening                                   Dinner/Social Event

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Two discussion groups

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          One discussion group

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          Closing plenary group

Adjournment                         Closing comments