Being known and valued in one’s community gives a person a sense of worth and of being a contributor and a good citizen, not just someone who needs assistance. Learning to make choices, set goals, and knowing how to speak up for wants and needs leads to being more self-determined in life and essential to becoming an advocate for yourself or others.
Find out why important to have people with disabilities to have self-determination and self-advocacy skills, hear about the civil rights movement for people with developmental disabilities, and learn how to get connected to the movement.
Learn about the evolution of perceptions of people with disabilities, understand how the parent and self advocacy movements play a role in shaping disability policy and services, and hear about the current state of services and supports for people with disabilities and their families.
Learn about family leadership, hear the the different ways someone can serve as a family leader, and discover how you can become a family leader or improve your leadership skills.