Honor Peer Leaders in Your Community
at Alternatives 2019

Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices

July 7 - 11, 2019, Washington, D.C.
Join us at Alternatives 2019, where you will experience a variety of perspectives and viewpoints, gain valuable expertise and resources, develop leadership skills, and create lifelong peer and provider partnerships.
At each Alternatives Conference, awards are given to people who have contributed to our movement for social justice. You are invited to honor peer leaders in your community by sending nominations for these awards by May 3, 2019. To read more complete descriptions of each award and make your nomination(s), click here.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a peer advocate who has made outstanding contributions to the movement for social justice throughout their career.  
Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Award
The Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Award is given in memory of Judi Chamberlin (1944-2010), a co-founder of the National Empowerment Center and author of the groundbreaking book On Our Own. This award recognizes an individual who has made enormous achievements in bringing hope to those with lived experience and advancing the field of disability rights advocacy. 
Howie the Harp Arts Award 
Howie the Harp (1953-1995) was an early leader of the peer community who created peace with his music and was a longtime advocate for the arts in the peer community. In Howie’s memory, we honor an artist who has made a contribution in any of a variety of art forms that are personally transforming and/or that lead to political or social change.
The Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBTQIA+ Leadership Award 
The Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBTQIA+ Leadership Award recognizes leadership in a journey to make it safe to be out, proud, and diverse. It recognizes a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer peer who has contributed to LGBTQIA+ inclusion within the mental health consumer and survivor community.
The Esperanza Hope Memorial Award 
Esperanza Isaac-Perez was a nationally and internationally recognized Latina leader. This award is presented to a peer of color who has done exceptional work in the creation and expansion of diverse, culturally responsive communities. 
Youth and Young Adult Peer Leadership Award 
With this award, Alternatives honors an emerging leader: a youth or young adult who has excelled in providing leadership to engage their peers, and who is working on changing the system to be person-centered and focused on recovery, health, and wellness. 
To nominate a peer in any of these categories, please send their bio and a description of how you think they have made a difference. For the nomination form, click here.
The early bird registration deadline is coming up! You don’t want to miss Alternatives 2019, which welcomes national and international visitors to Washington, D.C. You will make a difference by your presence!
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Register now to get the Early Bird registration rate:
$295 for the full conference; $95 for one day.
Early Bird registration will be available through May 15, 2019.
For more information and to register, click here.


Alternatives 2019 workshop titles have just been posted on the website! For a preview of the exciting lineup, click here!
Volunteering at Alternatives: If you would like to volunteer at Alternatives 2019, please indicate your interest by clicking here
Overnight accommodations are available 
in the college dorm rooms and nearby hotels. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Exhibit application: click hereExhibiting at Alternatives is a way to share your organization through displays and brochures; sell your books or products; and network and make new connections with potentially 500 conference participants.
Caucus application: click hereCaucus sessions are an opportunity to invite others to informally explore a topic of special interest. Sessions will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11, 2019. 
Sponsors are needed: More information at Sponsorship page.

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Continuing Education Units (CEs) will be available again this year.
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