who prefers to be called Jay, moved to Florida in 2014 to be closer to family. He is a FL SAND Fellow and co-founder of Florida's REV-UP chapter, a voting rights and information organization. He is an experienced and passionate self-advocate and blogger and has a master's degree in education. You can read his blog, The Voiceless Minority, here.
is a self-advocate on the autism spectrum living with multiple sclerosis.
She is a public speaker bringing awareness to disability justice and inclusion and a FL SAND Fellow. Beyssa uses social emotional learning, trauma informed care, and somatic (calming) practices to support self-advocates and individuals on their path of self-advocacy. She has a Master's of Divinity degree and is an endorsed chaplain currently completing her Buddhist ecclesiastical endorsement. The nonprofit she founded, Society of the Flora, Fauna & Friend, is involved with organizing and connecting individuals to coalitions engaged in disability and social justice campaigns on the local, state, and national levels.
strongly desires to help people reach their fullest potential. A disability advocate and educator since the age of six, Shelby’s given more than 100 presentations on disability-related topics such as self-determination, assistive technology, and inclusion. She is a FL SAND Fellow as well as a Vocational Evaluation Technician and Employment Specialist at The Grow Group, a nonprofit that assists people with disabilities access employment. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.