All people should be included in decisions that have an impact on their lives. People with intellectual disabilities are often dependent on others. Those who wish to help reduce this dependency can become self-advocates.
Self-advocates are people who want to learn to speak for themselves. They learn to express their opinions and take responsibility for their decisions. Self-advocates are also people who want to change things they do not like and help each other to solve their problems. There are groups of self-advocates where they meet and open topics that interest them. There are also international organizations for self-advocates.
Self-advocate groups meet at SPMP (Inclusion Czech Republic) and Rytmus premises.
“Why is being a self-advocate important for me? Because I want to support people with disadvantages. It is important for me that those people have the same rights as anyone else does.”
“I wanna know my rights in order to help to the others.”
“Self-advocate is a person who knows what s/he wants, knows its own rights and how to defend them. S/he does not do it just for their own sake, but also for everyone else´s. By being a self-advocate s/he will also help others. For example, by giving advice about certain service that someone else could use.”