You have the right to speak or act on your own behalf or on behalf of other people with disabilities. When you develop self-advocacy skills, you'll become confident in your own abilities. You'll feel a sense of power. You'll be comfortable asserting your rights and responsibilities as a productive member of the community.
If you wonder how to get involved in self-advocacy and leadership development, start asking questions:
- How can I get started? Start by believing in yourself. Think about your wants and needs, and then be assertive in asking for what you want. If you don't understand something, ask for an explanation.
- How can I build my self-advocacy skills? You can enroll in classes and other training opportunities focused on self-advocacy and leadership. Check with a local Center for Independent Living or other advocacy groups.
- How can I use my self-advocacy skills? Look for opportunities to share your feedback. You might join the Virtual Insight Panel through Disability Hub MN. Or, volunteer for other advisory boards or task forces.
Supporting self-advocacy | Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Minnesota disability resources and advocacy organizations | Olmstead Rights
Getting involved with self-advocacy | The Arc
How the Hub can help
The Hub team can help you:
- Explore your self-advocacy education and training options
- Set goals and take next steps
- Identify helpful strategies, resources and supports