The Arc of High Point
People with IDD have been isolated and segregated from their communities, and presumed incompetent, resulting in loss and denial of basic human rights and discrimination in almost all areas of personal and community life. Through self-advocacy, people with IDD will have more impact on their own situations and on the public policies that affect them.
The self-advocacy movement has been critically important in supporting people with IDD to learn about self-advocacy skills and other topics, including:
Civil rights, including the right to vote, the right to integrated services and supports, and self-determination;