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Self-advocacy is a broad term that refers to the movement by people with disabilities, especially intellectual and developmental disabilities, to speak up for their rights and to take charge of their lives.

Some examples of what self-advocates do:

​Fight for your civil rights

  • Voting

Being part of community activities

  • Living

  • Working​

Speak up for yourself

  • Answer back to a put-down

  • Defend your right to try something new

  • Defend your right not to be prejudged by your disability but to be judged on your own merits

  • Protest being passed over; demand to be included 

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