We, the conference organizers, invoke Goethe in our conceptualization of advocacy: "make a commitment and the forces of the universe will conspire to make it happen." A handful of faculty from the University of Northern Iowa in collaboration with local advocates are following these forces of nature and have conspired to make a worthy conference happen. For five years, UNI has been host to the Midwest Summer Institute, where students, families, self-advocates, teachers, administrators, and educators of all sorts work the cracks and create fissures in a system that has long excluded the voices of those who desire inclusive educational spaces and opportunities for all. Joining with the Second City International Conference on Disability Studies in Education we hope to deepen and widen those cracks and rule the world, if just for two days.
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