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Self advocacy teaches individuals with disabilities how to advocate for themselves and teach people without disabilities about the importance of inclusion.

About Self Advocacy

All individuals with disabilities have the right to take control of their lives, speak up for themselves, and make their own life decisions. Self advocacy groups teach individuals how to advocate for themselves and provide the resources to make that possible. Self advocates learn important self determination tools and also get involved at both the local and state levels. The self advocates also create their own”Advocates in Action” Newsletter, released quarterly.

“Advocates in Action” Newsletter

Advocates in Action – Volume 12, January 2022

Advocates in Action – Volume 11, November 2021

Advocates in Action – Volume 10, July 2021

Advocates in Action – Volume 9, April 2021

Self Advocacy Weekly Updates

January 25 Edition

January 18 Edition

January 11 Edition

January 4 Edition

Self Advocacy Weekly Spotlights

Spotlight on Peter – January 27

November Spotlight – Prom

Spotlight on Nate – October 28

Spotlight on Olivia – September 30

If you would like to see previous Self Advocacy Weekly Spotlights, please contact Michelle Fortney, Self-Advocacy Advisor, at

Speakers Bureau

Self advocates are committed to teaching people without disabilities about inclusion, seeing ability first, and helping start important conversations. The speakers bureau presents to a wide variety of groups, including schools, businesses, church groups, senior citizen groups, specialty groups like the Boy Scouts, and more. If you are interested in having the Self Advocacy Speakers Bureau come to your group or organization, please contact the Self Advocacy Advisor.

Self-Advocacy Speaker Bureau Brochure


Self-Advocacy Advisor
330-725-7751 ext. 232

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