The Self Advocates of Williams County

A Self Advocate is someone who has a voice in their life. There is a movement all over the world for individuals with developmental disabilities who would like to have more of a say in the decision making processes in their lives.

This positive change will help providers, county board staff, families, and the individuals work together, as a team, to give everyone the best life that they can have.

What do we do, and what does our future look like?

The self advocacy group at the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities keeps busy by participating in a variety of activities. We volunteer for local businesses and organizations in the community. We participate in activities to help us find out what our strengths, weaknesses, interests, and goals are. We also make a plan of action for making the changes that we think are important in our lives, our community, and in greater society.

In the future, we see ourselves finding our ability to SPEAK UP for ourselves and Empower the People. We WILL be able to tell people what we want to do or what makes us have a good life. In order to do this, we need YOUR help! Come to a meeting and see where your skills fit to make this a better group! Here is what the group had to say about our future:

“I see the group members starting to advocate for themselves.” - Advocate

“I want the group to get people with disabilities help in any way that we can.” - Advocate