Advocacy & Self-Advocacy

Advocacy & Self Advocacy

Advocacy is essential in maintaining and improving the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. They may need the assistance of advocates in order to know, understand, and assert their rights, practice self-determination, practice self-protection, obtain needed services, identify and overcome barriers to discrimination in the community, and be protected from abuse and neglect.

Self-advocacy is speaking up for oneself. It means making one’s own choices in life, large and small, and learning about one’s rights and responsibilities. It also means living the way one chooses and respecting the rights of others to do the same.

Please click on a resource link below for more information. For more tools to assist with advocacy, visit our Policy Tools page.

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