Self-Advocacy Workshop for people with intellectual disabilities
On the 30th June I attended and had a session at the Self-Advocacy Workshop for people with intellectual disabilities in Secunderabad. The meeting was organised by the national parents' organisation PARIVAAR. 15 self-advocates, their family members and a number of mentors participated at the proceedings. In my session I facilitated a group discussion with self-advocates on group formation. As an unexpected outcome self-advocates decided to establish their first association in India and they elected 5 officers to the organisation.
Self-advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities is one of the best safeguards against human rights violations and an important tool to promote a human rights based understanding on disability.