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The Southeast Texas Self Advocates

The Southeast Texas Self Advocates (SETX/SA) is an organization of Adults ages 18 and up with and without developmental disabilities run entirely by it’s members. The organization’s goal is to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities in Southeast Texas through leadership, education, and community service opportunities. The organization is an affiliated chapter of the Texas Advocates and a program within The Arc of Texas and The Arc of Greater Beaumont.

Texas Advocates Vision Statement:

People with disabilities embrace life and advocate for their own rights and interest by making their own decisions and choosing services and supports that allow them to live the way they want to live.

Southeast Texas Self Advocates Motto:

“When you see, meet, or think about a person with a disability, PRESUME COMPETENCE”

Southeast Texas Self Advocates Platform:

Eliminate the “R” word.

Southeast Texas Self Advocates Current Officers:

Matthew Bloodsworth- President
Katie Sheffield- Vice President
Rebecca Alford- Secretary
Lisa Simmons- Treasurer
Todd Gilbeaux- Chaplin
Brandi Herron- Communications Officer

Meeting Dates:

Southeast Texas Self Advocates meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Foundation for Southeast Texas Auditorium. For details call (409)838-9012 or email teri.hawthorne@arcofbmt.org.  Topics for the meetings are voted and approved upon by the membership annually.  Guest speakers, informational videos, and topics important to the membership are discussed during these one hour meetings run by Self Advocate offices.

What activities do Self Advocates get to do?

Along with the monthly meetings and community service projects, the Southeast Texas Self Advocates get to go on a day trip annually.  Self Advocates have gone to NASA, Moody Gardens, and the Lufkin Zoo.  Self Advocate officers visit the capitol during Texas Congressional Sessions and go to the Texas Advocate conference annually.

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How do I get more Information on Southeast Texas Self Advocates?

Contact the Southeast Texas Self Advocates Advisor
Name: Teri Hawthorne
Phone: (409)838-9012
E-Mail: teri.hawthorne@arcofbmt.org

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