The dictionary definition of self-advocacy is “the action of representing oneself or one’s views or interests.”
Self-advocacy is about people with learning disabilities being in control of their own lives.
This means speaking up about what they want and being listened to.
It means being able to choose things for themselves.
It could mean being able to travel independently.
It could mean being in charge of their own care.
The self-advocacy movement is (in basic terms) about people with disabilities speaking up for themselves. It means that although a person with a disability may call upon the support of others, the individual is entitled to be in control of their own resources and how they are directed.
The self-advocacy movement seeks to reduce the isolation of people with disabilities and give them the tools and experience to take greater control over their own lives.
Here is a film we made about the history of self-advocacy in Oxfordshire.
Here is a timeline we made that shows some key dates: Background timeline