Ellen Perry
Advocacy in Action LLC  - Thinking Outside the Box

en is a self-determined individual who enjoys sharing what she has learned throughout her life. She is available to speak on a variety of topics. Below are highlights from some of her presentations:

A fancy way of saying, “Living your life as fully as you can.” Ellen teaches that each of us has the right to live, work, play, retire, and die with dignity in the community of our choice. She gives her perspective on working with challenging systems and offers ways to make the systems work better for you. Her story enlightens consumers, families, and professionals alike. 


Ellen says that "if we do not train our future leaders, the people creating policies will either secure our future or destroy it." She believes we need to be actively training, shaping, and educating people with I/DD into leaders. Self-advocacy groups are a good way to identify and mentor future leaders in assertiveness and individual rights. 

Ellen uses public transportation and has advocated for improved transportation systems in North Carolina. She shares her personal story of becoming the chair of the Transportation Advisory Board in her community, where her lessons in leadership were put to the test. Ellen affected change from poor services to vastly improved services during her 12-year tenure.

When we give our time to help others, we get just as much or more in return. Volunteering is also an excellent way to create friendships, and get us out and about in our community. Ellen teaches you how to find a volunteer opportunity leading to meaningful experiences.

Ellen sees the problem of isolation among people with I/DD. In her presentations she guides us through why we need friends. She also provides lessons on finding and keeping friends. Incorporating role-playing into her presentations, Ellen helps people learn to break the ice and start enriching their lives through friendship.

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