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Museum of DisABILITY History

Self Advocacy Exhibit


Active support of an idea or cause, especially the act of pleading or arguing for something. Individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments can engage in advocacy.

Self Advocacy

Self-advocacy refers to an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. (VanReusen et al., 1994)

Independent Living

Advocates define independent living: 1. A living arrangement that maximizes independence and self-determination, especially for people with disabilities. 2. A social movement asserting that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights and life choices as people without disabilities.

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