(FARGO, ND) Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living is proud to announce that Billy Altom, the Executive Director of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) will be presenting at two events in Fargo this month.
On September 18th, he will give the keynote address at Celebrate in 2008, Freedom’s annual meeting and celebration, which runs from 5-8pm at the Ramada Plaza Suites-Crystal Ball Room.
On September 19, Mr. Altom, along with representatives from both the Minnesota and North Dakota Secretary of State’s offices, will present a training called Grassroots Advocacy: Transforming Yourself and Your Community from 9am-3pm at the Ramada Plaza Suites. This training will work to engage leaders in the disability rights movement to organize in changing the world for all people with disabilities, and provide them with information on how to get their voice heard this election season.
Both events are open to the public at a cost of $10 each. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, please call Freedom at 701-478-0489 or 1-800-450-0459.
Altom, Little Rock, Arkansas, has worked in the disability rights movement for over 15 years. Prior to his employment with APRIL he was the Executive Director of the Delta Resource Center from 1996 through 2007. He is also member of the Easter Seals Project Action National Steering Committee and a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
A person with a disability, he has an ingrained knowledge and responsibility to promoting and upholding the independent living philosophy. He has seen and experienced the injustices people with disabilities have endured and is committed to the ideal of advocacy and empowerment, which will enable people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives.
Freedom Resource Center is a disability rights organization. Its mission is to work toward equality and inclusion for people with disabilities though programs of empowerment, community education and systems change.