What is self-advocacy?
- Self-advocacy is:
- Knowing your rights and responsibilities
- Making your own choices and decisions
- Speaking up for yourself
Speaking up for yourself makes you stronger.
- Making choices helps you know what you want.
- Making your own choices gives you control over your life.
To learn more about speaking up for yourself:
- Make choices and decisions for yourself every day, like:
- When to get up or when to go to bed at night
- When to get a haircut
- When to eat dinner
- What clothes to wear
- What shampoo to buy
- What to do for fun
To learn more about self-advocacy:
- Work with decision makers.
- Help an agency decide:
- Which staff to hire
- How well staff are doing their jobs
- Be on a board of directors
- Join a local People First chapter.
- Lead your own Individual Program Plan (IPP) meeting.
Speaking up for yourself means . . .
- Making the biggest choices and decisions in your life, like:
- Where you will live
- Who you will live with
- Where you will work
- Who you want to help you when you need it
- What you want to do in the future
- Living the life you want.
What will change if you speak up for yourself more?
- You will become more independent.
- Being independent means:
- Doing more things for yourself
- Having more choices
- Making more decisions
- You will also get better at:
- Making good choices and decisions
- Staying healthy and safe
- In many areas of California, there are groups of people who get together to talk about:
- Speaking up for themselves
- Self-advocacy groups have different names like:
- People First
- Consumer Advisory Committees
How Can I Find Out About Groups?
- Check with your:
- Regional Center Consumer Advisory Committee
- Area Board
- Ask if there are self-advocacy meetings near where you live.
- Ask if there is training to learn about self-advocacy.
- In some places, there are People First meetings.
- People First says:We Are People First, Our Disability is Second.
- Here’s what a self-advocacy group in Santa Barbara says:
- I am IMPORTANT.
- I KNOW what I want.
- I will WORK HARD to get what I want.
- I am RESPONSIBLE for the choices I make.
More Information About Speaking Up for Yourself
- People First of California
- Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
- The Consumer Corner