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Wise Webinar Series: Dianne Loraine: Letters from the Real World Voices Then, Now and Into the Future
June 1, 2022
2021-22 Wise Webinar Series
Dianne Loraine: Letters from the Real World
Voices Then, Now and Into the Future
This presentation is part of the WISE series of trainings titled learning from our best teachers, individuals with disabilities. The training will explore the work of Diane Loraine, who passed away last year leaving a legacy of advocacy and helping individuals with developmental disabilities find their voices. With the help of people who knew her, we will look at her early videos and how they are still relevant today. Led by Chuy Campuzano, a trainer consultant from Chicago Illinois, we will hear current words of wisdom from those who have supported individuals but also have lived experience finding their own voices and facilitating others. Lastly, a look at the future and barriers to people continuing the road to self-determination.
From individuals with lived experience...
- Have the opportunity to experience a look at the history of support services for individuals with developmental disabilities through the eyes of Diane Loraine.
- Gain information on how to reverse negative stereotypes around disabilities
- Use empathy to better understand the individual and to provide person centered support.
- Learn what individuals with disabilities think are the keys to a more inclusive community now and in the future
Jesus Chuy Campuzano
Jesus Chuy Campuzano was born and raised in Chicago Illinois where he still resides. Growing up in Chicago he went through the special education system. After graduating he never received services from the Illinois Council of Developmental Disabilities as he was unaware and uninterested in long term services. Chuy was ashamed and felt isolated with his disability. Fortunately, he joined Access Living, a Disability Rights Organization in 2008 where he met Curtis Harris. He began to learn about individuals with all types of disabilities and to accept them. This led to Chuy becoming a leader in the advocacy community.
Chuy is a member of the Going Home Coalition and chairs the leadership committee. As a member of the WOW team Chuy plans and co-hosts the meetings and created the WOW Facebook Group. Chuy is a regular presenter at the Speak Up Speak Out Summit. His project “Dis Life …An historical perspective of Lives that matter” has allowed him to conduct numerous interviews with individuals in the disability community. Chuy believes that getting to know individuals and their strengths will lead to better outcomes in life. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity!
Jeff Grace has been a community activist for disability rights since the late 70s when hopped a flight to Florida to protest the unjust treatment of people living in ‘Sunlands’ State Institution. From that early exposure grew and active, passionate desire to effect change, no matter the cost or commitment required of him. Jeff’s own journey through life has only strengthened and reinforced his belief in the individual right to choose, even when the choice is not ‘good’, or leads to failure, believing if you risk nothing then what have you earned? Jeff has worked for WA State DDA for over 35 years, starting in the mailroom to his current position of Community Liaison working with community partners and schools to provide outreach services to children and families new to the system.