IA-APSE Employment Summit

Keynote: Sharing Advocate Stories: Listen, Respond, Amplify 

As advocates and self-advocates, our stories are powerful. Let’s explore ways self-advocates around the world share their personal stories and how we can all amplify these messages of ability. Also, the Sikora’s will present you a beginner’s guide to supporting the self-advocates in your life by better amplifying their voice.

Session: Storytelling as Advocacy 

In this session, the Sikora’s share the pillars to good storytelling. Why is this important for advocates and employment? Because every job application, every interview, every piece of marketing, and most of our social interactions are actually about the stories that connect us.

“Learning To Drive” Movie Review, Lessons, and Good News!

In Learning to Drive, Michael has Down syndrome, is determined to deliver his mother’s ashes to the Grand Canyon, and although he has a strong desire to learn, doesn’t have a license to drive.

The Video Of Marcus Speaking at the United Nations


For real.

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Here’s what we said:

Listening to Self-Advocates: Relate, Respond, and Amplify

(Marcus parts in bold)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Marcus Wright Sikora.

I wrote a book called Black Day: The Monster Rock Band.

I’m a storyteller, an actor, and a singer.

I’m glad to be here with people from around the world  

talking about Down Syndrome.

New York City is my favorite.

This is my mom, Mardra. She’s a writer, too.

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