Our Beginning

Our Beginning

Mark Friedman and Luann Carter

Mark Friedman and Luann Carter

Speaking for Ourselves began in February 1982. We met at Montgomery County ARC in Norristown. For the first time, we discussed forming a group run by and for people with disabilities. We discussed if we were interested in holding a conference. These meetings led to our first conference in June of 1982.

Our first conference was very uplifting and successful and there were around 100 people attending. Some of these people spoke out; among them were: Harry Cappuccio, Steve Dorsey, Betty Potts, Domenic Rossi, Lynne Armbrust, and Luann Carter. People came from group homes, boarding homes and with their parents.

The title for our name was thought of by the small group, five of us. We thought of “People Like Ourselves,” then the word ourselves remained the same, we decided to add “Speaking For” in front of “Ourselves” as our title.