Self advocacy is an individuals ability to effectively communicate their own interests, desires, needs and rights. Self advocates make informed decisions and take responsibilities for those decisions.
Self advocacy skills must be developed. As individuals with developmental disabilities learn about themselves, including their strengths, weaknesses, and their needs, their ability to effectively self advocate can grow.
There are many self advocacy groups available. For more information, contact:
Melissa Hartley - Community Network Coordinator
(740) 453-4829 ext. 1428