ERIC Number: EJ742803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
A New Movement in an Old Bureaucracy: The Development of Self-Advocacy in the Czech Republic
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v34 n3 p146-150 Sep 2006
In this paper I describe how self-advocacy has grown in the Czech Republic. First, I talk about how services for people with learning disabilities have begun to change in the last few years. This is because voluntary groups have lobbied and campaigned for change. I learned about self-advocacy during a visit to the UK in the 1990s. I went back to the Czech Republic and asked some service users I knew whether they would like to start the country's first self-advocacy group. They agreed and since then the group has grown and developed new networks. The group has also received some financial and practical support from the biggest parents organization for people with learning disabilities in the Czech Republic. A number of conferences have been organized by self-advocates, including one at the Czech Republic Parliament. Other people are now starting to take notice of what self-advocates are saying. Support for self-advocacy is an important issue for its future in the Czech Republic.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Advocacy, Learning Disabilities, Voluntary Agencies, Administrative Organization, Conferences
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic; United Kingdom