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Self-advocacy

Speaking up for oneself, making your own decisions and impacting the direction of your life, are critical components to self-advocacy. Devereux New York has two self-advocacy groups; our adult advocacy group in our community programs and our student advocacy group in our residential school.

Our adult self-advocacy group meets monthly to plan events and discuss initiatives, such as healthy eating and adopting a healthy lifestyle. The group, which participates in statewide advocacy events and learning experiences, continues to grow, and works diligently to spread the word about self-advocacy.

Our student self-advocacy group, S.W.A.G. (Students Who Advocate Group), is a student-run group with supports from clinical and case management staff. Students in SWAG learn through experience, by conducting polls, using letter campaigns, organizing fundraising events and speaking with Devereux New York leadership.

Our student and adult self-advocacy groups help individuals feel empowered by their hard work and proud of their accomplishments.