My Life My Choice (MLMC) self-advocate, Ben, writes about the National Self Advocacy Movement in this easy-read Blog.
|The idea of the National Self-Advocacy movement has been around for a long time, but this version came to be when Learning Disability England (LDE) applied for funding to a charity called Nesta who are supporting lots of social movements.|
LDE then invited five different self-advocacy groups to form the initial social movement.
These groups are My Life My Choice, Bemix, Sunderland People First, Lewisham Speaking Up and Changing Lives.
|As a group, we named ourselves the Self-Advocacy Coalition|
|The goal of this movement is to give self-advocacy a stronger voice so that organisations such as the NHS will listen to us.|
|A lot of the stuff we are doing as a movement still needs to be done but we have lots of ideas.|
|In the future we hope to work on things such as paid work for people with learning disabilities, getting people out of long stay hospitals and having self-advocacy groups in all areas of the country.|
|So far we have had lots of meetings and attended a conference on self-advocacy in Blackpool.|
|Most recently, we received training on ‘Framing’ to help us work out our key messages and tell our stories in a way that really makes a difference.|
|Self-advocacy is really important because it gives a voice to people with learning disabilities and gives us choice over our own lives.|
|We believe it is better if all self-advocacy groups work together on specific issues and campaigns rather than staying in our own little bubbles.|
|We are stronger together!|
|This blog was written by MLMC self-advocate Ben – supported by Imogen – for Advocacy Awareness Week 2019.|
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