ERIC Number: ED334718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Building Self-Advocacy in the Community: A Model Workshop To Begin a Self-Advocacy Group.
Association for Retarded Citizens, Arlington, TX.
The model workshop described in this paper is intended to present the possibilities of organized self-advocacy for persons with mental retardation or other disabilities. Self-advocacy stresses dignity, respect, and making one's own choices. Information on planning a workshop covers length and size, date and time, speakers, location, transportation, the written program, materials and equipment, refreshments, publicity, cost, and follow-up. A variety of workshop topics are recommended, including: helping with a political campaign, accessibility, vacation planning, how to register to vote, raising money, the community of people with disabilities, laws and how they affect self-advocates, how to avoid becoming a victim of crime, being assertive, choosing the right place to live, experiences in self-advocacy, and rights and privileges. Suggestions are offered for different ways to give presentations including panel discussions, group discussions, debates, and audience involvement. Finally, ways to develop an active, ongoing self-advocacy group are addressed, including planning for self-advocacy, leadership, setting goals, maintaining group membership, holding quality meetings, and picking an advisor. A resource guide lists 44 books, manuals, videotapes, and other resources. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Meetings, Mental Retardation, Models, Organizations (Groups), Self Advocacy, Training Methods, Workshops
Association for Retarded Citizens, 2501 Avenue J., P.O. Box 6109, Arlington, TX 76005 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Retarded Citizens, Arlington, TX.
Note: Prepared by the Self-Advocacy Committee. For a related document, see EC 231 895.