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May 25, 2011

Media Advisory, save the date for Speak Out Thurs June 2nd and Friday June 3rd

Media Advisory Thursday May 25th, 2011
For immediate release, Calgary, Alberta
RE: Annual Speak Out Festival “Right to Home”
There’s No Place like Home! Will just be one of the many messages chanted during the annual “Speak Out” festival for June 2nd and 3rd in Calgary, Alberta. Members of the Disability Community and home enthusiasts are gearing up for this year’s Speak Out “Right to Home”. We are asking Albertans to save the date and help us come celebrate June 2nd and June 3rd! Mayor Naheed Nenshi has officially proclaimed Friday June 3rd as Speak Out Day! This year we will be celebrating innovative home ideas that are friendly, affordable, accessible and available for citizens with disabilities.
-           We will kick off the celebrations beginning Thursday June 2nd at Arts Central for 1st Thursdays in the Calgary Arts Development office. Join us as we share an evening of poster making and conversations about the ‘Right to home” from 5-8 pm at 100, 7th Avenue SW.
-           The following day at Olympic Plaza (208, 8th Avenue SE) Friday June 3rd it is our 13th annual “Speak Out” and former alderman Joe Ceci, chair of the provincial wide task force for a provincial poverty strategy will kick off the ceremonies.  Mr. Ceci and many esteemed presenters will give a warm welcome to out of town guests from all around Alberta; Edmonton, Red Deer and Southern Alberta  as we celebrate “What make a house a home” for people from the Disability Community.
To also make this a day to remember and that there is “No place like home”, enjoy the creative performance and awards celebration honouring good housing ideas in our city that help people with disabilities feel safe and truly engage into community. Also joining us for our celebration of awards will be Momo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre.
Join us as we parade around the reflection pool and also come to chow down with this year’s food sponsor Spolumbo’s.  The event is free , everyone is welcome and please wear purple!!!

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For more information and to learn more about Speak Out 2011, please contact the Disability Action Hall at 403.717.7630, email and visit our website at  or

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So excited.... only 1 week left until Speak Out!!!.
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May 17, 2011

Celebrating everyone has the right to a home

The countdown continues...

We are only two weeks away from our annual celebration "Speak Out". This years theme is the Right to Home and we are encouraging all attendees to come out and show your support for everyone to have the "Right to Home."

When we asked Disability Action Hall members what does the "Right to Home" mean to you... here is what people said...

“ABOUT THE RIGHT 2 HOME... We are citizens with developmental disabilities. Like all citizens, we deserve certain rights in our homes. We deserve the right...
·         To choose where we live.

·         To have our homes safe, affordable, accessible and disability friendly

·         To have enough money to afford a decent place to live.

·         To feel safe and be free from abuse.

·         To make personal choices about our diet, what we do in our home, its cleanliness, and so on.

·         To choose who comes into our homes, including friends, family, and support staff.

·         To get the support we need and to know what support we can get.

·         To have privacy.

·         To choose if and with whom we share our home (including children and pets), and to decide together how we will share.

·         To know our rights.

·         To know what to do if we are unhappy.”