Self Advocacy

“Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.” from Wrightslaw.

Michigan Resources

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

  • Her Power! Her Pride! is an annual four-day event for high school girls with disabilities in Michigan.
  • Boys Program is an annual event for high school boys with disabilities in Michigan.
  • Proud and Powerful are customized workshops regarding disability history, culture, identity, and pride.
  • MDRC Youth is a virtual space for teens with disabilities to connect.

Michigan Partners for Freedom

Self-Advocates of Michigan  is a statewide organization led by leaders with developmental disabilities.  It promotes the values of diversity, inclusion, equal rights and the self -determination of individuals with disabilities

More Self-Advocacy Resources

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need.

Partners in Living is a self-study course created to help people with developmental disabilities, their family and friends explore four important elements that, together, can help them create a meaningful life: Self-Determination, Family Support, Community Living and Assistive Technology.

A Guide to Legislative Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities (<— this link is temporarily unavailable but you can still visit the NCLD Action Center)  is a guide to help youth communicate about the importance of a policy issue or law to people who are in a position to change it.

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