Arc self-advocacy conference today in memory of Jonathan Doherty, Gladys Hopper

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 May 2022 at 8:04 am

KNOWLESVILLE – A conference today at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds will honor the memory of two very active members of the Self-Advocacy All-Stars.

The Jonathan Doherty and Gladys Hopper Self-Advocacy Day will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds in the education building.

The conference will educate about the rights of people with disabilities and teach about what it means to be a self advocate.

Doherty, 38, was the local group’s president. He passed away at age 38 on May 5. He helped organize the conference, which will include speakers from the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.

Gladys Hopper also was a member of the local Self-Advocacy All Stars. She passed away at age 71 on Jan. 6.

Speakers today during the conference will include Mike Woodward of the local Self Advocacy All Stars, Terry Kingdollar of Arc GLOW, SANYS Western Regional Coordinators Sophia Roberts and Mike Rogers, People Inc. Director of Advocacy and Person-Centered Practice Rick Banner, and Duane Montgomery of Self Advocacy All Stars.