Category: Self Advocacy

Resources on self advocacy among people with intellectual disabilities.
  • About Self Advocacy
    • This page explains how people with intellectual disabilities can be "self advocates"--people who make their own decisions and speak up for themselves.
  • 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.
  • People First of New Zealand
    • People First New Zealand is a self advocacy organisation run by and for people with learning/intellectual disability. People First New Zealand is part of an international self advocacy movement.
  • Self Advocacy
    • This articles explains what "advocacy" and "self advocacy" mean. It also shares ideas for how volunteers can support people with intellectual disabilities and other learning disabilities in learning how to speak up and advocate for themselves.
  • Self Advocacy Movement of Persons with Learning Disabilities: A Case Study in the Malaysian Content
    • This 200-page master's degree thesis by Yeo Swee Lan presents a qualitative study that investigated factors affecting the self advocacy movement in Malaysia and how the movement impacted the lives of people with learning disabilities.
  • Self Advocacy Project in Africa
    • Describes an African project to teach people with intellectual disabilities how to be stronger self advocates. This project was implemented in Uganda, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa.
  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
    • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is a self-advocacy organization in the United States. It works to promote the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community. It is run by a board of self advocates with developmental disabilities.
  • Self-Advocacy Movement of Persons with Learning Disabilities in Malaysia
    • Describes the history of how people with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities in Malaysia have organized themselves and learned self-advocacy skills. Includes the history of how United Voice was founded.
  • Understanding and Supporting Self Advocacy
    • This toolkit is an introduction to self advocacy for self advocates and for the people who support them. Self advocacy enables people with intellectual disabilities to speak up for themselves and their own needs.
  • United Voice
    • United Voice (UV) is the first society in Malaysia to be led by people with learning disabilities. It helps people with Down Syndrome, autism, attention deficit disorder, global developmental delay and other specific learning disabilities establish self-advocacy groups all over Malaysia.
  • What is Self Advocacy?
    • Explains what self-advocacy is in simple language, and with pictures. This manual is written for people with intellectual disabilities and people who work with them.