2013 Advocacy Leadership Conference

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
8:45 am - 4:15 pm

(Registration 8:00 - 8:45)

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA

Our vision is to promote supports that enable every individual with a developmental disability to be fully included members of the community. If you share this vision, REGISTER TODAY!

Online registration is now closed.  

Remaining spots will be filled by first-come, first-serve in the morning.


Registration Cost $25/person 
(Continental breakfast and lunch provided)


Learn more about:

  • Grassroots Advocacy

  • Effective Communication

  • Networking and Relationship Building

  • Advocacy in the Social Media Age

  • The Power of the Collective Voice

Conference Program

Participants will engage in dialogue with speakers and one another to increase the effectiveness of advocacy efforts and strengthen advocacy networks seeking to influence policy and practices that result in a system of services and supports in Louisiana which enable every individual with a developmental disability to exercise self-determination, be independent, productive, and integrated and included in all facets of community life.

Hear from our national speakers:

Allan I. Bergman

Allan I. Bergman is the CEO of HIGH IMPACT Consulting, a national firm he established in 2010.  He is a nationally recognized thought leader in influencing the development of federal and state policy reflecting “best practice” supports and services for persons with disabilities. He also is a national expert in Medicaid policy and practice regarding individuals with disabilities and their families and has extensive knowledge of all components of the Affordable Care Act.  Allan's career includes significant leadership positions within local, state and national non-profit agencies and 25 years of continuous family and self-advocate leadership training in Partners in Policymaking programs across the country.  Since 2010, Allan has provided consultation, training and technical assistance in fourteen states, about 50% of this effort in the area of managed long term supports and services for people with disabilities.  He is also under contract as a subject matter expert for the U. S. Department of Labor on Employment First and Rebalancing State day and employment supports into the "most integrated setting."  Earlier in his career Allan held several leadership positions with United Cerebral Palsy in Washington, D.C. including Director of Government Relations, Director of State-Federal Relations, and Director of the Institute on Disability and Managed Care.  Allan also served as the President and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Allan also brings a personal perspective to his work. He is the father of an adult daughter who is competitively employed and lives in her own apartment with supports in a Chicago suburb. Dina lives with mild intellectual disabilities. He also is the step father of an adult daughter living in a two bedroom apartment with full time supports and participating in integrated day supports and supported employment in Chicago. Mindy lives with multiple disabilities secondary to Rett Syndrome.

Marcia Avner

Marcia Avner is a consultant whose practice includes advocacy strategy, issue campaign design, organizing, lobbying, media training, curriculum development, and facilitation. She works with nonprofits, foundations, and academic centers on initiatives to advance advocacy. She is a faculty member and coordinator of the Nonprofit Concentration in the Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership Program (MAPL) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She teaches courses in the relationships between government and nonprofits, nonprofit advocacy and organizing, and the role of art in social change movements. Marcia also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) where she was Public Policy Director from 1996-2010. At MCN, Marcia’s work encompassed advocacy strategy, program design, and leadership of the Council’s policy research, analysis, training, and lobbying initiatives.

Marcia has authored various books and advocacy materials including: The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations: Shaping Public Policy at the State and Local Level (2002 & 2013), The Board Member’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy (2004), and Advocate for Impact: Policy Guide for State and Local United Ways (2010). Her articles have been published in The Nonprofit Quarterly and numerous nonprofit and foundation newsletters, websites, and books.

The unifying thread in Marcia’s work is the commitment to advancing advocacy in the nonprofit sector and the broader community.

Marcia is also the mother of an adult son who is deaf.

Hear from Legislators:

Representative Patricia Haynes Smith represents District 67 in East Baton Rouge Parish. She is a member of the House Appropriations and Education Committees and on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

Representative Rogers Pope represents District 71 in Livingston Parish. He is a member of the House Appropriations and Health and Welfare Committees and on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

Senator Dan Claitor represents District 16 in East Baton Rouge Parish. He is a member of the Senate Finance, Health and Welfare and Education Committees.

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