Category: Self-Advocacy Training & Empowerment

This section has materials that can be used to help people with disabilities learn how to empower themselves and advocate for their own human rights.
  • A bundle of sticks, family-based organisations in developing countries
    • This article was written about family-based associations for the families of children with learning difficulties. However, many of the points are equally relevant to those associations of families with deaf children.
  • Advocacy and Lobbying...Future...
    • This presentation gives ways for non-governmental organizations and people with disabilities to advocate for equality in society. It highlights more oppressed populations and issues which includes a description of 6 major gaps people with disabilities face in society: education, health, livelihood, social/cultural participation, political participation, advocacy/empowerment.
  • African Region: Advocacy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • This is a basic presentation for developing advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities in Tanzania. How to decide when, where, and why you want to change policy and how to advocate for it. PDF format.
  • Change Your Life With Human Rights
    • This handbook is aimed to explain how to advocate for your human rights. Learn what human rights can do, what advocacy is, and how to take action to help yourself and other people with disabilities. This publication is designed for use by people with intellectual disabilities, their families, friends, and organizations.
  • Choice & Self-Determination
    • This lesson describes the importance of choice and self-determination when developing one's own self-advocacy. While everyone has the right to choice, it comes with added responsibility and risks. This prepares the individual to make good choices to best affect his or her self-advocacy. Word document format.
  • Community Organizing and Leadership Opportunities
    • This lesson recognizes the importance of community organizing and leadership. It emphasizes various techniques of leadership so that people with disabilitiescan effectively organize for their cause.
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Advocacy Toolkit
    • An advocacy toolkit for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, created by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In English. (Also available in Arabic, Spanish, and French.) PDF format.
  • DAO “Self-Awareness and Advocacy Rights” Training Toolkit for People with Disabilities
    • This training toolkit from the Development and Ability Organization (DAO) provides self-awareness and advocacy rights’ information for people with disabilities. It will help people with disabilities gain knowledge, build capacity, advocate for their rights, and even establish a disabled people's organization (DPO).
  • Decision-Making & Problem Solving
    • Every adult faces situations where they must make their own decisions. This lesson helps people with disabilities distinguish between simple and major life decisions. While it is ok to consult with others on major life decisions, it emphasizes that all people must take on the responsibility of decision-making and problem solving.
  • Development and Self-Help Movement of Women with Disabilities
    • This article focuses on development assistance models and philosophies for women with disabilities who struggle to achieve independence in Asia, first from the viewpoint of a development program organizer and then from the viewpoint of a witness of empowered self-help movements. PDF format.
  • Disability and the Social Contract
    • This article describes in greater detail author's application of the capabilities approach to persons with disabilities and considers its implications. PDF format.
  • Disability Human Rights
    • This article examines the theoretical implications of adding disability to the existing canon of human rights, both for individuals with disabilities and for other under-protected people. PDF format.
  • Disability Pride: The Interrelationship of Self-Worth, Self-Empowerment, & Disability Culture
    • This publication discusses stereotypes, development of positive individual and community self-images, and the importance of language to disability rights and culture. The author provides a three-session training model with concrete goals and activities, suggestions for facilitators, and thought-provoking quotes and articles.
  • Effective Communication
    • A lesson on the imprtance of communication when people with disabilities encounter difficult issues to deal with. It emphasizes the need for people with disabilities to utilize as many techniques of communication as possible to best assert their point to their intended audience. Word document format.
  • English Wallposter Comics Manual
    • This booklet is a guide in how to make wallposter comics. Wallposter comics are inexpensively produced educational stories by local non-governmental organizations. PDF format.
  • Examples of Advocacy
    • This is a list of different ways one can engage in advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Family Friendly!
    • This book aims to raise awareness of the important role that parents and families can play in the lives of their deaf children and in their communities. It provides practical examples showing how families, service providers and deaf people can work together to support deaf children.
  • Federations of SHGs: Their Roles and Influence in the Lives of PWDs/Families/Communities
    • This presentation describes the benefits of self-help groups (SGHs) working together to form federations for people with disabilities (PWDs). It gives tips on how to form and run federations for the greatest benefit of the self-help groups. Also included is a list of practices to avoid as a federation.
  • Forward to Our Future: Strategic Directions 2007-2010
    • An article describing the strategic directions of people with disabilities in Australia between 2007 and 2010. Included are areas of focus and proposals of action in such areas. PDF format.
  • Grassroots Comics: A Development Communication Tool
    • The book gives an in-depth orientation to grassroots comics as a tool for advocacy and education. Includes a comprehensive manual as an appendix.
  • Human Rights. Yes!
    • This is a human rights training manual developed for people with disabilities and their representative organizations. This publication explains the meaning of the rights enshrined in the Convention, provides guidance on self-advocacy tactics, and how to take a human rights approach to disability rights whether at the community or national level.
  • IDEAS Program Training Topics
    • A handout and overhead presentation containing the training topics including Self-advocacy & Empowerment, Self-esteem & Self-confidence, Disability Rights Movement, People First Language and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • IDEAS Program Training Topics Part 2
    • A handout and overhead presentation containing the training topics including Community Participation, Rights and Responsibilities, the Right to Vote and Effective Communication.
  • IDEAS Program Training Topics Part 3
    • A handout and overhead presentation containing the training topics including Choice and Self-determination, Decision-making & Problem Solving and Personal Goals.
  • IDEAS Program Training Topics Part 4
    • A handout and overhead presentation containing the training topics including Making IPP's Work for You and Peer Support.
  • IDEAS Self-Advocacy Training Curriculum
    • The following documents make up IDEAS Self-Advocacy Training Curriculum. The 14 lessons are a joint project of the Center of Disabilities and Development and the Iowa Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council intended to guide instructors to effectively teach people with disabilities about self-advocacy and empowerment.
  • IDEAS Self-Advocacy Training Curriculum: Handouts and Overhead Sheets
    • The following documents are handouts and overhead sheets intended for use with the IDEAS Self-Advocacy Training Curriculum.
  • Introducción a la Guía para los Proyectos de 'Making it Work' (MIW)
    • El libro de ejercicios es una guía para implementar los proyectos MIW. Los proyetos MIW producir un enlace entre la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad y la vida de las personas con discapacidad.
  • IPP's: Making Them Work For You
    • Many people with disabilitiies have Individualized Program Plans (IPPs). This lesson helps individuals build and carry out the most appropriate IPP to foster their personal success.
  • Leadership Development for Women with Disabilities: Key Issues and Strategies in Leadership Training and Successful Participation in Microcredit Programs
    • This research looks in to how 13 women leaders with disabilities from developing countries used resources available to them to improve the lives of other women. PDF format.
  • Let Me Speak
    • This training manual is designed to help people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds learn to become stronger self-advocates able to speak up about their own rights, needs, and wants.
  • Loud, Proud and Prosperous! Report on the Mobility International USA International Symposium on Microcredit for Women with Disabilities
    • This research was designed to address how to develop effective leadership strategies to increase access to and successful participation in microcredit programs by women with disabilities. PDF format.
  • Mapping Self-Advocacy Initiatives for People with Intellectual Disability in Ireland
    • This report gives a picture of the spread and depth of self advocacy initiatives in the intellectual disability field in Ireland. It describes a need for a new definition of self advocacy. The report also highlights the need to involve staff and families in self advocacy initiatives. PDF format.
  • My Life, My Right, My Choice Card
    • This handout is simply a card which persons with disabilities can use to relay their choices to doctors, officials, family members, etc. It allows users to make decisions prior to arriving at different institutions and increases the individual's ability to voice their choices affirmatively.
  • Peer Support
    • Often time people with disabilitieis find it advantageous to remain connected to the disability community. This lesson explains the benefits of peer support groups on the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Personal Goals
    • This lesson focuses on ways for people with disabilitieis to deal with personal issues. While everyone deals wtih such issues, it is important to confront them. It explains different ways to create and fulfill personal goals to overcome one's personal issues.
  • Replicating Success: A Manual to Alleviate Poverty through Peer Training
    • This manual is designed to assist organizations and agencies to learn how to replicate or adapt a successful program in Cambodia using local entrepreneurs with proven income-generating activities and small businesses to train others in replicating their businesses. PDF format.
  • Resource Kit No.7:Civil Rights Law And Disabled People
    • This is a Resource Kit for organisations of disabled people that need to know more about legislation to protect the rights of disabled people.
  • Response to the FaCSIA Consultation Paper on Enhancing the National Disability Advocacy Program
    • This article is a critique of the Commonwealth Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs' (FaCSIA) consultation paper on enhancing the national disability advocacy program in Australia. This includes the various shortcomings and gaps in the paper's attempt to build capacity and remove social barriers. Word document format.
  • Rights & Responsibilities
    • This lesson introduces students to a human rights approach to disability. It explains that while it is important to realize one's own rights, they also come with the same set of responsibilities placed on all adults. Word document format.
  • Self-Advocacy & Empowerment
    • An introductory lesson about self-advocacy and empowerment. It helps to distinguish self-advocacy from other forms of advocacy while providing interactive examples of best practices.
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence
    • This lesson teaches the individual to find positive emotions. Such self-esteem is closely intertwined with one's ability to effectively engage in self-advocacy. Word document format.
  • Self-Help Group/ Sangha
    • This slideshow concerns the existence and importance of self-help organisations in community-based rehabilitation. If provides suggestions on how to form and run self-help organisations successfully.
  • Systems Change Advocacy
    • This lesson distinguishes systems change advocacy from self advocacy as mentioned in previous lessons. It explains to people with disabilities best methods to engage in successful systems change advocacy.
  • Taking Action
    • The information contained in this pamphlet is designed to enable you to become an effective self-advocate. A self-advocate is someone who is actively involved in getting what they want. As advocates for organizations can attest, advocacy is a process.
  • TASH Resolution on Choice
    • This is a TASH resolution advocating for the right to choice for persons with disabilities. TASH assumes that people with disabilities are capable of making choices in their own best interest.
  • Tips on Writing Letters to Elected Officials
    • Six tips on formatting and language for writing official letters to elected officials and policymakers.
  • Trade union action: integrating disabled persons into working life
    • A report of the role of trade unions in promoting the vocational integration of persons with disabilities.
  • Training for Success: A Guide for Peer Trainers
    • This is a guide to help villagers teach others to operate a business. This project was designed to reduce poverty among people with disabilities in Cambodia by using village-based peer trainers to teach others. PDF format.
  • What Can We Do to Fight Discrimination?
    • This easy-to-read handout defines discrimination and suggests ways that people can fight it. PDF format.
  • Working to Make Change Happen
    • Group work helps strengthen the potential impact of systems change advocacy. This lesson teaches people with disabilities how to appropriately prepare themselves and/or their groups to effectively advocate for systems change.