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Self Advocacy

Speaking up for yourself can be difficult if you don’t have the tools to do it; Minda’s Self Advocacy program designed for people with intellectual disability, gives you an opportunity to have a voice, and the support and training to understand how you can do this.

The 16-week course includes two components; a self-advocacy group called Express Yourself, and training in how to be a self-advocate.

The training, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, recognises that everyone is equal, has the right to make their own decisions, and should be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.

As a self-advocate you have the opportunity to sit on various committees, get involved with community projects, participate in fundraising activities and present at various conferences locally and interstate on the issues that affect you.

Highlights include:

  • Three self advocates presented at the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) conference in New Zealand
  • Self advocates attend and speak at the annual ‘Having a Say’ conference in Victoria
  • A self advocate met with the former South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill several times, advocating for people with intellectual disability
  • Self Advocates conducted a bullying and community education program for school students