Self-Advocacy / Self-Determination
General Information Resources
- Advocating Change Together
A self-advocacy disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. We distribute tools and materials that help individuals and groups promote self advocacy in their lives and work. We are committed to freedom, equality, and justice for all people with disabilities.
- Center for Self-Determination at OSU
An association open to organizations and individuals who have demonstrated the capacity to contribute to research, dissemination and training in self-determination and the ability to advance the Alliance's mission at a national, state or regional level.
- Center for Self-Determination
A working collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to helping all persons create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities.
- Self-Advocate Leadership Network
A team of self-advocates and their allies who will travel anywhere to prepare self-advocates to play a leadership role in shaping developmental disabilities systems to promote self-determination, community integration and participant-driven supports.
- SABE USA—Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
A national self-advocacy organization with goals to: make self-advocacy available in every state including institutions, high schools, rural areas and people living with families with local support and advisors to help; work with the criminal justice system and people with disabilities about their rights within the criminal justice system; and close institutions for people with developmental disabilities labels nationwide, and build community supports.
- Self-Determination for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind
From the National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children
and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind
- Advocates in Action—Rhode Island
Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy Organization.
- Central England People First
Run by and for people with learning difficulties to improve the lives of all people with learning difficulties.
- People First of Anchorage, Alaska
To promote self-advocacy by and among people with disabilities, ensuring that such people are treated as the equals of other citizens; that they are given the same rights, responsibilities, choices, decisions, and chances to make mistakes like everyone else.
- People First of California
PFCA serves as a role model for people with developmental disabilities in personal empowerment, leadership, and advocacy. PFCA is also a resource to professionals in the developmental disabilities service system and provides the general community with education on subjects useful and beneficial to people with developmental disabilities.
- People First of Connecticut
People First of Connecticut is a statewide self advocacy organization that meets every other month in a central CT location. Members from 16 chapters come together to share self advocacy news and issues.
- People First of Illinois
People First of Illinois is committed to empowering people with disabilities to make their own decisions and choices and to speak for themselves. We will continue to advocate to improve the lives of people with disabilities in our state, and will work to ensure that persons with disabilities are treated equally and are active members of their community.
- People First of Missouri
People First of Missouri is a statewide organization formed by, run by and which exists for persons with developmental disabilities. Currently there are 40 chapters across the state of Missouri with approximately 850 members.
- People First of New Hampshire
A non-profit organization directed by people who have disabilities for the purpose of self-advocacy.
- People First of Oregon
People First is a self-advocacy organization of developmentally disabled people who have joined together to learn how to speak for themselves.
- People First Wisconsin
A statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities. We are dedicated to enabling people with disabilities to have our voices heard.
- People First of Wyoming
People First - Disabilities Second. People First of Wyoming is for people with disabilities (Self-Advocates) learning that they have a voice to speak up in how they want to live their lives
- Speaking For Ourselves—Pennsylvania
Speaking For Ourselves is a group of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, USA. Their web page tells about their philosophy of self-determination; gives a statement on closing institutions; has tips about using computers and the web for people with disabilities; shares songs about transportation, institutions, and other topics; and has links to other disability web pages.
- Self-Advocacy Association of New York State
The Self-Advocacy Association of NYS is an organization for and led by people with the challenge of a disability to assure the civil rights and responsibilities that include the opportunities and choices of equal citizenship.
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