Self-advocacy in historical perspective

Buchanan, Ian and Walmsley, Jan (2006). Self-advocacy in historical perspective. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 34(3) pp. 133–138.



• This paper looks at the history of self advocacy in England.

• Self advocacy has helped many people with learning difficulties to speak up and gain more confidence.

• But now it is associated with Government policy. After Valuing People, people expect self advocacy organizations to speak up for everyone with learning difficulties.

• This might mean there is less time and space to help new people learn about speaking up as individuals.

• It is important to find ways to support self advocacy groups, especially those run by people themselves, to avoid this happening.

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