Independent funding for self advocacy groups is a must so that self advocates can make their own decisions. Independent funding gives them the freedom and choice of how and what their funds should be used for to advance their advocacy group without having their provider or other agencies hold the funding for them decide how the group should be run. Self Advocacy is all about being self empowered, having your own voice, and standing up for yourself. Without independent funding for advocacy groups it restricts them from making their own decisions in regards to their advocacy group giving power to whoever holds the funding for them while allowing provider agencies make decisions for them without them.
Written by Dante Chrystal