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National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Announcing NARPA's 22nd Annual Rights Conference:

NARPA 2003: United for Social Justice

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Austin, Texas

November 20 - 23, 2003

Conference begins at 6:30 Thursday evening and ends on Sunday at noon.
Registration opens at 3:30 PM on Thursday.

Full registration fee includes two lunches (Fri and Sat), Thursday opening reception/buffet, and three continental breakfasts.

Every November, NARPA - The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy - pulls out all the stops to produce an educational conference with inspiring keynoters and outstanding workshops. At NARPA, we learn from and share with colleagues, and come together as a community committed to social justice for people with psychiatric and mental disability labels. We invite you to join us this year in Austin, where our
confirmed keynote speakers will include....

Latest Conference News:

The NARPA 2003 FAQ page has been updated with information about airport transportation and alternatives to on-site hotel accommodations.

The NARPA 2003 Conference has been approved for up to 10.5 Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) hours by the State Bar of Texas, and for up to 15 continuing education credits for Social Workers, LPCs and LMFTs by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

After November 12, you must register on-site at the on-site registration rate, although registration information is still available on-line.

Note (10/5/03): Irit Shimrat was previously announced to be keynoting. Unfortunately, NARPA has learned that she will be unable to join us this year.

National Organizer, ADAPT; Co-Director, Institute for Disability Access

Musician, singer, songwriter, and psychiatric survivor

Executive Director, Center for Public Representation

DARBY PENNEY, The Community Consortium, Albany, NY,
and PETER STASTNY, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Advocacy Inc.


NARPA has been approved by the State Bar of Texas for 10.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, but the legal track workshops at NARPA conferences are not just for lawyers. Participation in the workshops will equip advocates and activists with the latest information for implementing advocacy strategies at home. Confirmed legal workshops will cover:

Presenters include: Steven Schwartz, J.D., Center for Public Representation; Ira Burnim, J.D., Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Elizabeth Priaulx, J.D., National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems (NAPAS); Aaryce Hayes, M.S.W., Advocacy, Inc.; Sharon Masling, J.D., NAPAS; Marianne Lado, J.D., NY Lawyers for the Public Interest; Susan Stefan, J.D.,Center for Public Representation; Peter Stastny, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine; David Popiel, J.D., Community Health Law Project, NJ; Dennis Feld, J.D., & Kim Darrow, J.D., Mental Hygiene Legal Services; Ellen Lawson, J.D., Neighborhood Legal Services; Carolyn Salisbury, J.D., University of Miami Law School; Tim Clune J.D., Disability Advocates, Inc.; Beth Mitchell, J.D., Advocacy, Inc., James Gottstein, J.D., The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights; Daniel J. McGlynn, J.D., law firm of McGlynn, Glisson, & Koch, Baton Rouge.

All keynotes and selected NARPA 2003 workshops have been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEU) for social workers, including workshops on advocacy, alternatives, empowerment strategies and more!

Additional NARPA 2003 workshop offerings include:

Presenters include: Bill Stewart, NARPA President & Maureen Fitzgerald, NAPAS President; Celia Brown & Jacki McKinney; Joyce Johnson, Ph. D. & Ron Bassman, Ph.D.; Stacy Haine & Nancy Fudge; Judi Chamberlin, Steve Miccio & Susan Stefan, J.D.; Regina Hill, J.D.; Cheryl Stevens, M.D.; Gail Hornstein, Ph.D.; John Breeding, Ph.D.; Katherine Hodges & Leah Harris; Oryx Cohen & Vikki Gilbert; Shery Mead, M.S.W. & Cheryl MacNeill, Ph.D.; Alicia Lucksted, Ph.D.; Al Seibert, Ph.D.; Linda Andre & Doug Cameron

For questions, please visit the FAQ page.


Rooms are filling fast, so please reserve ASAP!

NARPA 2003 is being held at:

The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas
(512) 476-3700 or Toll Free: 1-800-THE-OMNI
(512) 393-4888 (fax)

Magnificently renovated, the Onmni Austin Hotel Downtown is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel offering luxurious accommodations in the heart of a thriving downtown business center, near the lively 6th Street Entertainment District.

More information about the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is available at the hotel's website.

Special NARPA 2003 Conference rates for rooms at the Omni are no longer in effect. If you are willing to stay off-site, and want alternatives to the Omni, please check the NARPA 2003 Conference FAQ page for reader submitted suggestions.

Airport/ Hotel transportation information:

SuperShuttle Transportation Systems offers airport shuttle service to downtown Austin hotels, including the Omni, for a fee of $10 one way, and $18 round trip. For further information, please contact SuperShuttle directly at:
1-800-bluevan, or visit http://supershuttle.com. Taxi cab fare is reported to be approximately $20 one way between the airport and the hotel, depending on volume of traffic. There is no charge for up to three additional riders.