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2-DAY Leadership Summit

Day 1: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 - Virtual Summit

Day 2: Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - Leadership Brunch in Washington, DC

Are you striving towards a more inclusive and equitable society for all?

Are you an advocate for disability justice who recognizes the barriers and challenges that individuals with disabilities face on a daily basis?

Is it challenging to identify effective strategies to support disabled staff members?

You’re actively working towards a solution.

You are an advocate.

You are a leader in the community.

You are an ally.


Whether it is advocating for equal access to employment, education, or healthcare, or pushing for greater representation and recognition of disabled individuals in both media and society, there is always something more we can do to promote disability justice.

That’s why your presence will be a powerful addition to the 2023 Leadership Summit!

The BIPOC Disability Justice Summit is an event that is co-hosted with our incredible community partners!



Together, we can actively and compassionately address disability and racial inequities, and equip ourselves with the tools to make a meaningful impact on our communities.

The BIPOC Disability Justice Summit: Our Presence Is Our Power (OPIOP) is a dynamic two-day event that will empower disabled leaders of color and BIPOC allies to drive meaningful change. Slated to begin remotely on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, this summit is designed to provide attendees with a comprehensive toolkit for building a shared language around disability. But that’s not all – those in the Washington D.C. area can also look forward to an exclusive, leadership brunch on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, where we’ll dive into the current landscape and top strategies related to disability justice. With the power of our presence and the strength of our collective voice, the OPIOP 2023 Summit promises to be an unforgettable moment in the fight for inclusivity and equity.

Unable to attend both?

No worries!  Our Presences Is Our Power 2023 summit offers both general and package tickets to choose from- join our summit with ease!

There’s a sense of power that comes from being seen and heard, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience at the BIPOC Disability Justice Summit: Our Presence Is Our Power (OPIOP). You won’t just be a nameless face in the crowd, you’ll be part of a vibrant network of leaders with a shared passion for disability and race advocacy. Here, you’ll build bridges and expand your knowledge alongside other like-minded individuals, all working together to find solutions and support. It’s time to step into your own power and take part in a community that will welcome and appreciate your presence.

It’s time to harness the power of your presence and take your leadership skills to the next level! Our summit learning objectives include:

  • Review person-centered and identify-centered language
  • Practice having productive conversations around disability to influence organizational policies
  • Distinguish between organizational policies and individual principle
  • Discover the existing state of disability justice work and the movement around it
  • Amplify the voices of disabled BIPOC individuals and showcase their work
  • A platform that creates a space for collective efforts toward disability justice.

Unable to attend both? No worries! Our ‘Presences Is Our Power 2023’ summit offers both general and package tickets to choose from-join our summit with ease!

Last year’s event brought together impressive speakers and community members for enlightening conversations, but this year, we’re taking it to the next level. We’re committed to making a truly impactful event that will inspire change and empower people with disabilities. OPIOP 2023 is the perfect opportunity to bring your voice to the forefront and strengthen the voices of others.

Our Mission: The National Alliance of Melanin Disabled Advocates (NAMED Advocates) creates spaces for disabled leaders of color and BIPOC allies to gather, learn, connect, and grow around racial and disability justice. Through use of knowledge and empowerment tools, we work to destigmatize the existing outward narrative that currently surrounds the disabled community. We equip community members with the vocabulary to express their authentic selves with confidence and certainty. Our community events are celebrations of solidarity, providing opportunities for collaboration and relationship building.

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