Self-Advocacy Council members met earlier this month in Madrid with Inclusion International staff and support people to discuss and plan for Our Voice Matters. Our Voice Matters is a strategy for self-advocacy that will be launched in October 2016 at Inclusion International and The Arc’s National Convention and International Forum in Orlando, Florida.
The team discussed what should be included in the strategy. They decided that it was important to ensure the strategy includes resources that are beneficial for people around the world who may be at various stages in their individual journeys of self-advocacy. They also talked about the need to include information for families and organizations as well as capture what good support for self-advocacy looks like.
The strategy launch will be just the beginning of a global platform for a sustained and strong self-advocacy movement for change. There is much work to be done in the lead up to the launch, hearing from self-advocates and families around the world and the Self-Advocacy Council members are up for the challenge!