Advocating respect

       Members of Self Advocates as Leaders (SAAL) hold up placards during a program for Develop-mental Disabilities Awareness Day Sept. 1 at the West Center. The message spelled out here is “Don’t disgrace us.” Another was “Don’t disrespect us.” They later flipped the placards to read in the positive (e.g., “Do grace us,” and “Do respect us.”) From left are Ashly Mabry, Freida Lucas, Elsie Ferrell and Michael Heath . At the podium is Brenda King, Arc of the Pikes Peak Region program director and SAAL advisor.

Westside Pioneer photo