Self Advocacy In Groups

These are  a plain language packages of information to help self advocates to start a self advocacy group in their community.

It talks about how to get people together and what a self advocacy group can do.

It includes a section on group advisors – what advisors can do for the group, how to find one, and how to work with an advisor.


Download the full document to start a self-advocacy group here.



Nothing About Us Without Us

Self-advocates are people like you who want to stand up and speak for themselves.

Many people now with learning disabilities or mental health issues have been forming themselves into self-advocacy groups.

Anyone can start a group!self_determination



Some examples of things self-advocates do…

  • Talking
  • Talking leading to action
  • Having social activities


Why do we need self-advocacy?

Label Jars Not People

It is important to learn self-advocacy skills because it helps you decide what you want and what is possible for you to expect.

When you have good self-advocacy skills you can have more control and make the life decisions that are best for you.

Self-advocacy helps to empower you, to speak-up for yourself and make decisions about your life

People often don’t know much about people with learning disabilities or mental health issues.

The things that people read about in the newspapers, books, TV or the Internet, are often negative, unhelpful or simply untrue.

In the past people with disabilities have often been shut away so people have not met us and got to know us, what we are like or what we think.

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