Voices of Change at MLK Library May 5th, 2023. SchoolTalk Logo

The Voices of Change Conference is Back in Person!




SchoolTalk is bringing back the in-person Voices of Change Conference! Voices of Change is for D.C. high school students with disabilities to gain knowledge and skills to lead self-determined lives through opportunities to learn, lead, and act. This year’s theme is Create Change, specifically as it relates to disability awareness, self-expression, and career exploration.

When: Friday, May 5, 2023  |  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library  |  901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Registration Deadline: April 7


  • D.C. high school students with disabilities, including students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 Plans
  • This is a Pre-Employment Transition Service (Pre-ETS), funded by the D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). Completion of PRE-ETS consent forms for students is highly encouraged.

Registration: Educators and school staff can register multiple students using our online registration form by April 7, 2023. This event is designed for small groups of students to be accompanied by school staff or an adult chaperone. Availability is limited due to venue capacity, so sign up early!

Learn More: If you have additional questions, please read our FAQ or contact Sarah Grime or Elijah Lee at 202-487-1976 or [email protected].

Agenda At-A-Glance

  • Opening Plenary – Voice of Change will open with a high-energy plenary session featuring performers, a youth DJ, and brief framing remarks.
  • Breakout Activities – Youth will rotate through several opportunities:
    • Exhibit Hall with a focus on careers that create change, mini-informational interviews with professionals, time with community vendors and service providers, and information on entrepreneurship
    • Exploratory Stations led by students with disabilities with a focus on hands-on learning.
    • D.C. Public Library Tours hosted by the library’s Center for Accessibility (limited slots available)
  • Closing Performance & Lunch – Voices of Change will wrap up in this session with a call to action and youth performers.



Special Thanks to Our Partners & Funders

  • D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • D.C. Public Library Center for Accessibility
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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