Reno Presenters

Diana Rovetti
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED)
Partners in Policymaking Project Coordinator

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Diana Rovetti is an energetic mother of five, active in volunteerism, church, and a leader in educating the community on disabilities issues.  She is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno in Secondary Education and a Certified Personal Outcomes Interviewer with The Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People With Disabilities.  Previously, Diana served as Self-Advocacy Project Supervisor and People First of Nevada Statewide Advisor, and was appointed by the governor to serve on the Nevada Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council, ICC.   Rovetti is now the Director of Information Dissemination and Project Coordinator for Partners in Policymaking at the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Nevada Reno.  She has worked at the University of Nevada Reno for the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities for the past thirteen years.  Diana is the President of the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and a graduate of Nevada Partners in Policymaking.  Her son Jack has Down syndrome.

Travis Mills
Nevada Center For Excellence in Disabilities (NCED)
University of Nevada Employee, CO Trainer of Partners in Policy Making
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I took Partners in Policy Making in 2010 is because to designed to help improve self-advocacy and self-determination skills, which enabled me to become a better advocate for others and myself in the community. Learned about federal legislation, inclusive communities, history of disability, independent, parent & self-advocacy movement and people first language, state resources, negotiating skills, State legislation and how the media field works.

Chapter Advisor on People First of Nevada my duties is too run the 2 chapters Reno, Carson, Chapters.  My duties is to provide any assistance to People with any help to prepare the monthly meetings and attend the monthly conference calls, Report to my supervisor with notes and information regarding the monthly meetings.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service To America). I worked on a project called People First of Nevada, which is a statewide self-advocacy group run by and for individuals with disabilities. My duties included maintaining the People First of Nevada web site, helping to set up fundraising events, organizing the Reno chapter monthly meetings that included preparing all initial paperwork, obtaining guest speakers, maintaining the treasurer accounts, collecting, filing and entering all data from the meetings. I also participated in grant writing. I created the People First Facebook page, and designed business cards for all statewide chapters. Part of my duties also included presenting information to local high school students to help them be more self-determined.

Alexandar Cherup

Subject: History of Developmental Disabilities & The History and Role of the Parent Movement

Alex first became involved in disability advocacy during his time as an undergraduate student at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he met his close friend Micah Fialka-Feldman, a fellow student and advocate and speaker. Micah successfully challenged the university housing policy that prohibited him from moving into the dorms; and was able to live on campus for his final semester.

Alex and Micah have spoke together at numerous disability advocacy conferences around the country about the importance of post-secondary opportunities. In May of 2014, Micah was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Alex is originally from Troy, Michigan, and currently lives in Reno. He began his work in Nevada in 2008 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working with the Youth Transition Project with the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities and with Family TIES of Nevada. As a VISTA, Alex worked to support and educate youth with disabilities about self-determination, self-advocacy and their transition out of high school into employment or college. After his term as a VISTA, he supervised the VISTA projects in Las Vegas for two more years. During his tenure, he supported the People First chapters, organized transition summer camps at UNLV, in Reno and Elko for youth with disabilities and assisted in the development of competitive and integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

In May of 2014, Alex graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, in Boston, Massachusetts with a Juris Doctor degree. While in law school, he focused his studies on civil rights and disability rights law, completing research on the law and advocacy surrounding competitive and integrated employment for workers with disabilities as well as comparative legal work with respect to Title II of the ADA and accessible transportation and Chinese disability law. He has completed legal internships at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in Ireland, the Labor Arbitration Council, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and in Las Vegas at the NAACP Las Vegas and the ACLU of Nevada. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center (NDALC).

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