Sometimes people play "more disabled than thou." Skilled leadership can encourage the group to include all members. 2. Assuring the personal empowerment of leaders. Leaders can burn out. Some leaders end up doing it all, helping others to the exclusion of helping themselves, or at the worst, denying their own need of help by being helpful.
Without sufficient personal empowerment, members may not have the attention necessary to learn or move forward. This is why people telephone requesting advice and interrupt with their stories or feelings when advice is offered. Sometimes, these groups are closed to people who do not share that similarity. This can become a divisive issue. People without disabilities need to understand the need for safety which comes through those who are guaranteed to understand through the similarity of experience. I want to take a moment to thank Robert. Akridge and the staff of the Arkansas Research and Training Center in. Vocational Rehabilitation, the major entity that brought this conference to fruition.