Self-advocacy and its impacts for adults with developmental disabilities

Authors: Thomas G. Ryan and Sarah Griffiths, Nipissing University, Canada

Edition: Volume 55, Number 1, April 2015

Summary:  The following review of literature illuminates self-advocacy from a North American transformational learning perspective via meaningful impacts, which arise for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as various communities and their members. For adults with developmental disabilities, increased leadership capabilities and the
evolution of new self-concepts continue to be powerful examples of the impact of self-advocacy. For communities, a more prominent voice and personable research within the academic community, increased awareness for some boards and committee members, and the acknowledgement and support of local or online community members
are broad examples of the impacts self-advocacy has on us.

Keywords: self-advocacy, developmental disabilities, transformational learning


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