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The SACL has long believed that self-advocates (people who have intellectual disabilities) have voices that are as important as the voices of other citizens. The Association has worked to change its way of thinking about people with disabilities so that it does not always "do for" but rather "does with" them as they determine their own futures. For many years, the Association has created opportunities for People First, a self-advocacy organization, to grow and develop and to "call the shots" about issues of importance. The Association's board of directors ensures that several people with disabilities are present to sit at the table and share their opinions on issues of concern to themselves and to the Association.

The Self-Advocacy Action Group has carried out initiatives identified as important by its members. A 15-minute video, Choices: Empowerment for Living, was produced with direction and input from self-advocates at all stages of development. Public performances with a message of human rights and respect have been presented to service providers. Saskatchewan People First continues its advisory role with the SACL. Members of this self-advocacy group from all over the province sit as members of the Association's Board of Directors and on various committees to ensure the voice of people with disabilities is strong.

For more information on self-advocacy and SACL's support for people with disabilities, contact the Self-Advocacy consultant or ask for the Advocacy Worker assigned to your part of the province. Call (306) 955-3344, fax (306) 373-3070 or email: [email protected].

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