ERIC Number: ED344359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Supporting the Growth of the Self-Advocacy Movement: What We Can Learn from Its History and Activists.
Brunk, Gary L.
This study identifies the factors that have contributed most to supporting growth of self-advocacy among people with developmental disabilities, by examining the history of self-advocacy and reporting on interviews with six self-advocates and six advisors of the self-advocacy movement. The study concludes that the growth of self-advocacy has been greatly assisted by the power of example, that the movement has emphasized learning by doing, that self-advocacy groups provide a supportive and safe environment where persons who have been undervalued are able to gain a new sense of confidence and possibilities, that self-advocacy requires material support and ideological support, and that self-advocacy is important enough that it is worth being supported by persons and institutions outside the self-advocacy movement. Specific recommendations are made for ways in which agencies and professionals who work with persons with developmental disabilities can support the further growth of self-advocacy. (32 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Beach Center on Families and Disability.