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Self-Advocacy for PWIDDs - Persons with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

We started the concept of Self-Advocacy training in the year 2013. Parivaar, in collaboration with National Trust, conducted training for all (State Nodal Agency Center) SNAC coordinators in Delhi. This training program aided the coordinators in becoming mentors. With this Seva-in- Action started conducting Self-Advocacy Training program. We conducted the following training programs

  • Orientation Program on self-advocacy to parents of PwIDDs
  • One day training program for mentors
  • 6 weeks training program for self-advocates including election of office bearers

  • Impact
  • Parents are very enthusiastic to participate in self-advocacy training with PwIDDs
  • Parents felt this is a useful training for their children
  • They wanted to bring changes in lives of PwIDDS
  • Trainer and mentors had an opportunity to understand abilities of self-advocacy
  • Misconception of the person with disabilities was ruled out from mentors and parents
  • Improvement in self-advocates where observed during the training and after the training where social behavior, friendliness and leadership qualities
  • Self-advocates and parents are coming forward to share their problem/difficulties and changes in their day-to-day life

SiA continued to adopt self-advocacy skills among persons with disabilities in their every day’s life. We are discussing their issues in forum’s meetings. Self-Advocacy Forum of India has been conducting convention in every year in the different cities across the India like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Udaipur, Nagda (Madhya Pradesh). Nearly 15 self- advocates travelled without their parents along with SiA team & they were actively participated in 2 days’ conventions across India. Resource persons of convention mentioned that “in every convention representatives of Karnataka state were very active”. Also, Mahalakshmi, President of SAFI participated in Parivaar’s Parents annual meet at Bengaluru, Punjab & Jharkhand. SAFI conducting self- advocates’ State Level Executive Committee meeting every year different places of India like Kerala, Hosur, Pune. In this EC meeting Self-Advocates shares their reports of respective states for the year under the SAFI. Discuss the future plans, sharing the experience and adopting best practices in their groups. During the covid pandemic, the Parivar conducted 2 times SAFI’s virtual national level sessions. In the 1 st session, Self-advocates across different States, shared their experiences of how they handled pandemic situation” and in the 2 nd session, they discussed on “My Family Support”. Our Self-Advocates from Karnataka joined virtual meet, shared their experiences and expressed their thoughts.


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SiA encourage and support formation of Self-Advocates’ Forum for Persons with IDDs. We also provide training to Person with IDDs, special school teachers and parents on Self Advocacy. The interested Self Advocates/ persons with IDDs, professionals and parent can register and they may contact Seva-in-Action.

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Self Advocacy Training

Persons with Disabilities are invisible in the human rights system and they are marginalized in all the societies.

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Self-Advocates forum India (SAFI)

The first National Convention held in 2014 at New Delhi was a grand success with the participation of self-advocates.

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What is SAFI?

“Self-Advocates Forum of India - SAFI” ioperational office in Pune, Maharashtra which empowers PwIDDs to develop their trust, positive attitudes & basic skills in their day-to-day life.

How can I join for SAFI Group?

You can join through online (click here to fill the form)

How I can get benefits from SAFI for my ward?

By attending SAFI meetings/session you & your ward will get benefits like developing trust, attachment, social communication skills & opportunity express your ward’s feelings and build your ward’s capacity and self-determination.

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