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Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Peer Power

3rd Annual Peer Power Summit for Individuals with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities

This year's Summit is intended for people with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who are 18 years of age or older. The focus for this year is as follows: Micro Enterprise and the role of the Trust; Supported Decision-Making Agreements, (regarding agreement development); Friendship and Dating- Healthy Relationships; Able Act and the Transition Plan; DD Shared Vision; and Budget Authority, as well as other important subject matters. We encourage individuals from all regions of Alaska to join the Summit and learn better skills for self-advocacy.

For qualified attendees who live outside of the Anchorage area please contact Ric Nelson for funding for airfare, per-diem and hotel accommodations. Qualifications for attendees are those who experience I/DD who are at least 18 years or older.

All attendees who are participating in the Summit are expected to be present during the main conference hours of:

Friday, September 27 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM.

Saturday, September 28 from 9:00AM until 6:30PM

Sunday, September 29 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM

There is a Complimentary, no-fee optional dinner social event provided for attendees and their DSP's from 5:00PM to 6:30PMPM on Saturday September 28th in the hotel. This is an opportunity for attendees to meet each other, make connections and form relationships to network together after the summit ends.

Click here to register | Download invitational flyer

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Thank you,
Ric Nelson MPA, BBA | Employment Program Coordinator I
Phone: 907-269-8989

Peer Power is a non-profit peer organization for people who experience developmental or intellectual disabilities that educates, promotes, and advances the empowerment of self-advocates. The group helps self-advocates become empowered by working on issues such as employment, self-advocate mentoring, funding resources, and raising disability awareness throughout the community.

The group is comprised of elected board members, all of whom have an intellectual or developmental disability. The board members are also area regional representatives throughout the state of Alaska. Meetings are held monthly at the Governor's Council office, and via statewide teleconference.

Peer Power is supported by the Governor's Council in conjunction with the Center for Human Development, and the Disability Law Center.

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To learn more, email Peer Power at


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