Personal Self Advocacy
Self-advocacy means that you can speak up for yourself about the things that are important to you. You can ask for what you need and want and tell people about your thoughts and feelings. You know your rights and responsibilities and you speak up for them. You can make good choices and decisions.
Self-advocacy means you can decide what you want and develop and carry out a plan to help you get it.
Why are self-advocacy skills important?
Good self-advocacy skills are important because they give you the power to speak up for yourself, have more control and make decisions about your life.
If you are not happy with the way something is done then it is up to you to help change it. Nobody else knows how you feel or what you think; you need to be able to tell people if you are not happy or you want something to change.
When is speaking up for yourself important?
How do you begin to speak up for yourself?
Community Self Advocacy
Self-advocacy is not only for individuals but also for communities. Catulpa envisions a future where the people we serve are recognized and valued as contributing members of their community and fully integrated into their community’s activities.
We know this is a vision shared by many children, youth, adults, and families with developmental or mental disabilities. As individuals, agencies, and governments, we must work together to face the growing need for inclusive supports and services within our communities.
By advocating for better resources and funding for each child and family, we can make a difference.
No matter how you choose to advocate it’s important to follow some simple guidelines:
There are several different ways you can choose to raise awareness about your issue. Some of them are: