People have the right to be recognized as the person they are, and therefore must not be labeled. Labels devalue us and should not be used to identify us. A true understanding of who we are will include knowledge about disability.
These principles were prepared by The ILSMH Committee on Self-Advocacy. The committee consists of Chairperson Barb Goode, Canada; Ake Johansson, Sweden; Susanne Kolkmann, Germany; Robert Martin, New Zealand; Carol Pein, Australia; Alex Righolt, Netherlands; and Jackie Downer, England.