Webinar: ​Self-Advocacy for Women Living with Paralysis

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on February 04, 2021 # Events

For people living with paralysis, self-advocacy is a critical process that enables them to exercise empowerment by speaking up for themselves and self-directing their own lives. However, many people struggle with developing and utilizing advocacy skills. This is particularly true for women living with paralysis who face both disability and gender oppression, a combination that can diminish their ability to feel heard.

"Self-Advocacy for Women Living with Paralysis" will examine what self-advocacy is and where it can take place, as well as explore disability stereotypes and gender socialization patterns that can present obstacles for women living with paralysis. By learning about these social inequalities, participants will gain a greater awareness of power differences and be able to exert greater control over the oppression they face in their advocacy efforts. Themes on the intersections of advocacy, disability, gender, assertiveness, and empowerment will be presented, with concluding tips for women living with paralysis to increase their self-advocacy skills.

Lauren Presutti headshotThis webinar will be presented by Lauren Presutti, founder of River Oaks Psychology in Michigan and a licensed psychotherapist, disability activist, speaker, educator, and community leader. Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age two, Lauren has been using a power wheelchair since she was five years old. She holds a Bachelor's in Sociology from Central Michigan University and three graduate degrees from Grand Valley State University: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.), and Master of Social Work (MSW). Lauren's training and knowledge of empowerment, inclusion, resiliency, mental health, ableism, disability, and related topics have motivated her to become a global change agent.

"Self-Advocacy for Women Living with Paralysis" will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 3PM - 4:30PM ET.

This online event is free to register.

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.