Supporting Self-Advocates 

Facilitated by:

Ilyse Kramer and Christina Smith

Thank you for your interest in joining a Special Interest Group (SIG).

SIG Description

This SIG, co-facilitated by The Arc of West Virginia, which has been successful in organizing and sustaining a statewide self-advocacy network, will share its expertise to help members apply best practices and technical assistance to support self-advocates.

SIG Facilitators

  1. Ilyse Kramer

    Chapter Associate, The Arc of the United States, Washington, DC 


    Since 2013, Ilyse Kramer has linked chapters of The Arc to professional development resources that will enable them to better serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She has contributed her skills in technical assistance, research, analysis, social media, and website optimization to a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations, and is involved with many Washington, DC based associations that support self-advocates such as APSE, DC Public Library's Adaptive Services Program, SchoolTalk DC, TASH, and USICD.


  2. Christina Smith

    Executive Director, The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, WV

    Christina Smith has been the Executive Director of The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley for 13 years and has overseen services of The Arc of West Virginia for the past 8 years. Christina brought with her to The Arc, first-hand knowledge and experience of the issues families and individuals with disabilities face daily. Her daughter, Anna, was born with Down syndrome and she has had to navigate the system through multiple health issues and developmental delays since her birth. Christina has a bachelor’s degree in business from WV State College and a minor in communications, and prior to her position at The Arc, worked primarily in healthcare and non-profit marketing and development.