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Self Advocacy

Gerard Knapp

Self Advocacy Chairman

Thomas Ross

Self Advocacy Chairman

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.

Self-advocacy means you know your rights and responsibilities, you speak-up for your rights, and you are able to make choices and decisions that affect your life.

The goal of self-advocacy is for YOU to decide what you want then develop and carry out a plan to help you get it.

It does not mean you can’t get help if you need or want it, it just means that you are making the choices and you have to be responsible for the choices you make.

Here at Aspire we are passionate about Self Advocacy! We meet as a large group several times a year to discuss the Code of Rights and other important aspects of Advocacy. We also have a sub committee that get together every 2 months and a monthly Self Advocacy Meeting is held in each of the houses.

Your Rights

Here at Aspire our rights are very important to us. We have a sub committee that meets every 2 months to discuss any matters related to the Code of Rights and Self Advocacy.  Each house meets monthly to discuss Self Advocacy and we also have several meetings each year where ALL of the people we support are invited to listen to guest speakers and be part of the discussions around rights and advocacy.