ERIC Number: ED329080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Effective Self Advocacy: Empowering People with Disabilities To Speak for Themselves. Report #90-4.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
This report provides a record of discussion during a workshop entitled "Assisting People with Developmental Disabilities To Speak Effectively for Themselves." Participants included developmentally disabled individuals, leaders from self-advocacy groups, paid staff, and volunteers. The discussion addressed three questions: (1) what works to help people speak for themselves to change their lives? (2) what works to help people speak out to change conditions for all people with disabilities? and (3) what will strengthen self advocacy? Among the topics covered by discussion participants were: person-to- person support; empowerment; support from local self-advocacy chapters; supporting the development of local chapters; becoming politically active; defining positions; involving community leaders; coalitions; influencing the media; participating in disability service organizations; local and state chapters; national efforts; and next steps. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Assertiveness, Change Strategies, Community Action, Developmental Disabilities, Group Discussion, Individual Development, Opinions, Organizations (Groups), Quality of Life, Self Advocacy, Self Help Programs, Social Action, Social Change
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Note: Workshop discussion held at the Annual Conference of the American Association on Mental Retardation (114th, Atlanta, GA, May 30, 1990).