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          Self-Advocacy
 

Self-Advocacy...What is it?

*  A civil rights movement for every person to have control over one’s life so people with disabilities are treated the same as everyone else.

*  Beliefs and Values

  • Being a person first

  • Being able to make our own decisions

  • Believing in my value as a person

  • Having other people believe in you as a person

What would you do as a Self-Advocate?

  • Know your rights

  • Speak up for yourself

  • Express your feelings

  • Solve problems, get things done

  • Make choices and make your own decisions

  • Decide how support is given

  • Have influence over your own life

  • Help each other to express your feelings and thoughts

  • Take control over your life

  • Take part in things that effect your own life

  • Be allowed to make your own mistakes

  • Form groups

What do Groups do?

  • Help people get support from each other

  • Bring people together to share ideas and gain strength from each other 

  • Learn from friends and support each other

  • Help people be listened to

  • Make it easier to make changes

  • Influence decisions that effect people’s lives

  • Meet, have fun and make friends


Resources:
Kentucky Self-Advocates for Freedom, Inc. (KYSAFF) is a statewide organization, directed by Kentuckians with disabilities, committed to working in partnership to promote equal rights, inclusion, self-advocacy, support and education in all realms of life." http://www.kyselfadvocates.com/

Be Your Own Best Advocate By: PACER

 

  

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