VII. The Self-Advocacy Movement - 1980s to Present C. Goals of Self Advocacy
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"Nothing about me without me."


Inclusion International, formerly the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicaps (ILSMH), represents an international self-advocacy perspective. Self-advocates have frequently noted that people with disabilities are excluded from the decision making process because they are considered incapable of making decisions. Because professionals and parents were concerned that they would fail, people with disabilities were not given the opportunity to learn decision making skills.

The following core beliefs, values, and principles of self-advocacy, as defined by Inclusion International, represent a significant departure from the past and the views of parents and professionals, and a continuing evolution in disability rights: