Self Advocacy is where groups of users
‘get’ together to speak on their own behalf, defend their rights and
organise in their own interests
Self-Advocacy groups are found in
social education centres, adult training centres, hostels and some hospitals.
Communication in self-advocacy groups
takes place, orally, by signing or writing or through a tape recording.
As a group, individuals may rehearse
ways of speaking up for themselves, familiarise themselves with their rights and
choices, and contribute towards combating the, often negative, ideas that exist
about people with learning difficulties
‘People First’ is a well known
self-advocacy group – It has done a lot to educate the public about the range
of abilities which people with learning difficulties have. Some people with
learning difficulties have given input on training courses for Doctors, Nurses
and Social Workers – about their abilities as well as their needs.
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