Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Stigma
Self-Advocacy is "a lifelong personal pursuit of control over one's own circumstances. It is the act of advocating for what one wants, for how one desires to live, for how one wants to be treated, within one's family, community and services, and it does not end with one concession or one victory."
‑ Bonnie Shoultz, Center on Human Policy
Self-determination is an international concept for all people everywhere. Relationships and interdependence in our communities is essential. All people can be self-determined even those perceived to have the most severe disabilities, who may or may not communicate with traditional speech. The first step is building those connections and relationships. Please visit the websites below to learn more.