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All individuals with disabilities have the right to take control of their lives, speak up for themselves, and make their own life decisions, just like other citizens.  This is self-advocacy.  Self-advocacy groups teach individuals how to advocate for themselves, and provide the resources necessary to make it possible.

Click here to learn more about our different advocacy clubs. If you are interested in joining any, or if you have questions, please contact:


NEW! "Advocates in Action" Self-Advocacy Newsletter

The self-advocates worked together to create a self-advocacy newsletter, Advocates in Action. The newsletter contains important updates from the State, information about activities, creative pieces, dates for upcoming self-advocacy meetings, and more.

View Newsletter - Q1, 2019



Our self advocates want to speak to your group!

Did you know that our self advocates travel to different locations to educate various groups? Self advocates are committed to teaching people without disabilities about inclusion and getting important conversations started.


MCBDD self advocates have experience speaking to a wide variety of groups:

  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • High Schools
  • Universities (especially Special Education majors)
  • Local Businesses
  • Church Groups
  • Civic Groups/Organizations
  • Specialty Groups (such as Boy Scouts of America)
  • And More!

Self advocates are available and would love the opportunity to speak with your group.

Click here to learn more - Speakers Bureau Brochure

If you are interested in having self advocates speak with your group, please contact: 
Self Advocacy Advisor ( or 330-725-7751 ext. 232)


Learn more about self-advocacy and your rights:

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws: A publication of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section that provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.
Advocacy Glossary: List of advocacy terms and definitions.
Disability Resources (Dept of Labor): Comprehensive list of resources provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Offic of Disability Employment Policy and other federal agencies.
Museum of disABILITY History: Collection of resources about the history of disability in the media, medicine, and society.
Public Policy Advocacy: Comprehensive guide about how to be an effective advocate.
The Riot!: National e-newsletter for self-advocates.
United Nations Enable: The United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
WikiAdvocacy: Wiki site providing information about founding and growing an advocacy organization.

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