What is Self Advocacy?
Self Advocacy means speaking up and speaking out for your rights. Many people with developmental disabilities who are speaking up for their rights call themselves "self advocates".
How does The BC Self Advocacy Foundation support self advocacy?
The BC Self Advocacy Foundation (BCSAF) works with self advocates and self advocacy groups in many different ways, including community grants, community workshops, plain language publications and other special projects.
On March 11, 2010 the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. BCSAF was very excited about this and developed the No More Barriers Campaign to raise awareness about our human rights and get people talking about how to make these rights real for everyone.
We developed this website, Video and the No More Barriers Blog to get the campaign started. We are also continuing the conversation about the campaign with our Facebook friends and our Twitter followers to raise awareness and gain a wide audience. Over the past year BCSAF has travelled to the communities of Nelson, Kamloops, Prince George, Burnaby and Penticton hosting community dialogues to talk to people and learn about the barriers they face in their lives. These findings became our granting guidlines for our 2012 call for projects. We are very excited to have funded 12 amazing community projects across British Columbia in 2012 and hope to fund similar projects in more communities across British Columbia in 2013.