Advocacy and Campaigns

Many organisations do advocacy for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. They may also do advocacy and campaign about issues that affect people with intellectual disabilities. 

Inclusive organisations should include people with intellectual disabilities in all campaigning activities or advocacy work that affects them.

Self-advocates told us:

  • Self-advocates want to be included in campaigns and advocacy about issues that affect them

  • Campaigns in accessible language help make sure everyone can participate

  • Communicating about your campaign in an accessible way will help spread your message

  • If an organisation is speaking on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities, it should be a self-advocate representing them

Types of advocacy and campaigns:

Good examples 

Sociedad Peruana de Síndrome de Down are a Down Syndrome organisation in Peru. 

Their campaigns and advocacy work is inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities. 

People with intellectual disabilities are part of planning campaigns. For example, awareness raising campaign videos are planned by self-advocates and  feature their experiences. 

In their advocacy work, Sociedad Peruana de Síndrome de Down have also been successful in working with self-advocates to change national policies. Self-advocates played an important role in the work Sociedad Peruana de Síndrome de Down did to guarantee the right to vote for people with intellectual disabilities.  Self-advocates were supported to meet with decision makers and shared their experiences through the media.