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Mission: To promote self-advocacy by speaking and acting on behalf of the rights and responsibilities of all people with developmental disabilities.
What is Self-Advocacy?Self-advocacy refers to a person's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his/her own interests, needs, and rights. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. Self-advocacy is understanding your strengths and needs, identifying your personal goals, knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. Being part of a People First group means being part of a grassroots network that allows you to join with regional, state, and national advocacy groups to speak up for yourself and have YOUR voice heard.
Self-advocates are encouraged to sign an online pledge to celebrate and recognize the progress that has been made by reaffirming the principals of equality and inclusion and recommitting efforts to reach full ADA compliance.
On July 26, 1990, President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. On July 26, 2015, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA.
The ADA National Network and the ADA Legacy Project have launched a year long celebration have a goal of 25,000 signatures on an online pledge. You can find more information and the pledge by clicking this link: http://adaanniversary.org/pledge
Checklists & Sample Letters
Please complete form after each chapter meeting/activity and submit to Kevin Smith via email, fax, telephone, or mail.
Mailing Address: 912 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101
See how much progress you are making toward reaching the highest level of self advocacy in West Virginia, the Lifetime Achievement Level! Use this checklist to how active you are and watch as you move up the levels of self-advocacy at your own pace! Annual awards will be given to self-advocates who track their progress and record their accomplishments!
Use this checklist to help you prepare in advance for upcoming People First activities and trips.
This Legislative Advocacy Checklist will show how being a part of People First has helped you advocate for yourself and others with your legislators.
This Advocacy Checklist is designed to show you many activities you can be involved with and also track the ones you have already participated in.
This Checklist will show you areas in your life that you may need to practice self-advocacy skills by speaking up and letting your voice be heard.
This Advocacy Checklist is designed to show you how many ways self-advocacy can change your life and also show us how you already use the skills you learned from being part of People First.
This People First Local Chapter Growth Checklist will assist you with growth and membership in your local People First Chapter.
This Self Advocacy Checklist will help you discover how much you are using self advocacy skills in your life.
People First of WV will be visiting legislators at the capital in Charleston, WV on January 21, 2015 during the annual Disability Advocacy Day. We recommend you make contact with your legislators prior to your visit in January. We have provided you with a sample letter that you can use as a guide for writing to your lawmakers. Find out who your local legislative representatives are and how to contact them at the website: http://www.legis.state.wv.us.