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Self-Advocacy Groups

What is Self-Advocacy?

Self-Advocacy refers to individuals advocating for themselves versus having someone else speak for them; and in the larger context describes a grassroots civil rights movement where individuals participate on their own and within self-advocate run organizations or associations in a variety of activities designed to influence public policy and practice as it relates to equal opportunity. (Source: FL SAND)


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Hillsborough Pinellas Down Syndrome Network of Tampa Bay

The Down Syndrome Network of Tampa Bay works to empower parents, dispel myths about Down syndrome, and create communities of awareness and opportunities of inclusion.

State-wide Autism Florida The Autism Society of Florida is a statewide organization that supports individuals with autism, their families, and caregivers.
State-wide Florida Self-Advocates Network’D FL SAND is an independent self-advocacy movement that has come together to form a statewide support network. Their website provides a listing of regional groups.

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