What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-advocacy is the ability to speak-up for yourself and the things that are important to you. Self-advocacy means you are able to ask for what you need and want and tell people about your thoughts and feelings.
“When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”– Malala Yousafzai
“Advocacy: To change “what is” into “what should be”
Who We Are:
The South Huron Advocates are a group of self-advocates who have developmental and/or physical challenges. The group was established in January 2006 and have been working hard ever since to promote ability awareness to their peers and their community.
What We Believe:
- We believe in standing up for our rights
- We believe in educating the community
- We believe in ourselves – our talents and services
- We believe in accessibility for all
- We believe in inclusion for all
- We believe in respect for all
- We believe in equality for all
- We believe in dignity
- We believe in independence
- We believe in changing attitudes – ours, our staff’s and our community’s
We are currently working on making staff videos for orientation purposes. Some topics we are choosing to focus on include: Privacy, Cell Phones, Money and Respect.
One of our members, Brent B, realized the new accessible outdoor pool in Exeter did not have a water wheelchair to use to enter the pool. He approached the Mayor of Exeter, George Finch, to request the purchase of the water chair so people in wheelchairs can use the ramp. July 2019, the Exeter pool purchased a chair for the community to use.
When We Meet:
We currently meet every other Monday from 1pm to 2:15pm at the Day Program through Community Living – South Huron.
Who Can Join?
Anyone who is interested in helping accomplish our goals can join.
We would like to teach your group about ability awareness. We can tailor a presentation to meet your group’s needs on several topics, including but not limited to: inclusion, education, accessibility, and/or rights and responsibilities. Please contact us for information.