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People supported in the River City Achievement Center Club in Pasquotank County, who reside in Monarch’s support living low program, recently met in Monarch’s Nags Head office as part of a self advocacy group. The group is working to effectively communicate, convey their interests, desires, needs, and rights in an effort to speak up for themselves and to learn to direct their services and resources in a way that is beneficial.
Members of the Monarch group, along with a community member who is part of the N.C. Partners in Policymaking program, which is funded by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, and a representatives from the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Renate Macchirole, community inclusion specialist at Monarch, discussed topics that included education, how to encourage others with disabilities to advocate for themselves, transportation issues, community services and how they can become involved in the decision-making processes that impact them. “We have a powerful, intelligent and awe inspiring group of individuals participating,” explained Renate, who said this is the first of several similar meetings planned in the Outer Banks region. “Watch out world here we come.”
People supported in the Outer Banks recently performed a musical concert. For the last year, volunteer Brenda Mixon, who serves as a voice coach once a month for people supported, helped the singers get ready for their performances. Months of training paid off and culminated into a concert performed for families and the community held at a cultural venue in Columbia. Charline Mabine (pictured left), who participates in the the Beach Club of Dare County, was one of the show's performers.