Self-advocacy is about growing confidence and belief in the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It is about knowing their rights and that the self-advocate must be included in all parts of community .
Self-advocacy begins when the people with intellectual disabilities build confidence and control their decisions about their lives. Learning about the right to decide is an important step in the lives of self advocates.
In addition, Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says that all people have the right to make decisions about their own lives and they have the right to supportive decision making.