Self-advocacy

Self-advocacy is, at an individual level, the ability of people to speak for themselves and to defend their own interests. The capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to self-advocate was not recognised in the past or limited to very simple subjects, such as what to eat or drink.

Recently, it has been recognised that most people with intellectual disabilities are able to make much more complex decisions. However, individuals often need training or education to recognise and defend their own interests. On the other side, other people need to learn to listen to what they have to say.

At social and political level, self-advocacy also refers to the movement of people with intellectual disabilities who organise themselves in groups or organisations at local, regional, national and European levels. Here they want to meet each other, develop their own opinions, and have fun.

Self-advocacy support to decision-making can therefore be understood as a group process that enables and empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to develop and voice their own opinions and positions.

The practices falling under the Self-advocacy category are:

Training for an active role in society

Summary ‘Freedom School is a five-day training course for people with disabilities. This interactive summer course focused on developing talents and skills for self-advocacy and implementing personal projects that can contribute to the better participation and self-determination of people with disabilities. The aims of this training are to strengthen the Independent Living movement by attracting […]

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Supported decision making – a Guide for Decision Makers and Support Persons

Summary The Supported Decision Making – Guide for Decision Makers and Support Persons (in Finnish Tuettu päätöksentekijöille ja tukihenkilöille) is a product of a project by Savas Foundation in Finland. The project was carried out from 2011-2015. The guidebook contains cards to help with communication and an easy to read text part. The cards can […]

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Ceva de Spus

Summary Ceva de Spus is the first independent self-advocacy association in Romania. It aims to build confidence and empower self-advocates by offering support that is person-centred. The support available for making decisions related to work or personal life begins with high levels of support and is reduced as the self-advocate increases their confidence in decision […]

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