Speaking up for yourself can be difficult if you don’t have the tools to do it; Minda’s Self Advocacy program gives participants an opportunity to have a voice and also the support and training to understand how they 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 for people living with intellectual disability.
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.
The aim of the Self Advocacy Program at Minda is to give people living with an intellectual disability a voice within the organisation, but most importantly the confidence to link in with their own local community and become a valued community member.
They can do this by sitting on various committees, getting involved with community projects, participating in fundraising activities for future participants of the course and presenting at various conferences locally and interstate on the issues that affect them.
Recent highlights include:
- Three self advocates presented at the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) conference in New Zealand
- 16 self advocates attended the annual ‘Having a Say’ conference in Victoria
- A self advocate met with the South Australian Premier several times, advocating for people with intellectual disability
- Self Advocates commenced a bullying and community education program for school students