DSFN continues Self-Advocacy group sessions with self-advocates

We had our second and third Self advocacy group sessions with the self-advocates who were ready to advocate and speak out because they have a voice….

17th & 24th January was our second and third meeting of the recently established self-advocacy group for people with Down syndrome in Lagos, Nigeria. This is part of DSi’s project in collaboration with Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria.

What happened at the sessions?

Self-advocacy groups let people with Down syndrome do the talking, the group spent lots of time passing the microphone around and letting self-advocates talk. The self-advocates spoke about willing to help not only persons with Down syndrome speak out but help persons with other disabilities speak out.

We had some role plays about Self-advocacy, group advocacy, History of disability in Nigeria and other topics. They talked about how they contribute in their homes.

The self-advocates were happy to receive some new T-shirts to recognize their membership of the group.

Why are self-advocacy groups important?

Self-advocacy groups are a powerful tool for empowering people with Down syndrome by supporting them to have their voices heard. The groups build their confidence to be able to speak out about issues that are important to them.

On behalf of the Board of trustees, members, staff and self-advocates we say a big thank you to DSi and all those involved in the group advocacy project.

Watch out we might be in your community soon to advocate for our rights…

Read more about this project on DSi’s site: https://www.ds-int.org/blog/self-advocacy-group-meets-in-lagos