Declaration of Self-Determination
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We the people with disabilities of America met in Nashville, Tennessee on November 1, 1997 to define self-determination as our basic civil rights including all the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

We believe self-advocates are the professionals, ask us first, and we should be the decision makers and the planners in all our daily living activities, such as working, voting, conferences, leadership development, and taking financial control of our service and personal dollars.

As a disability community we are all one unified voice, we include everyone, we are not “special”, we respect and trust each other and are willing to help each other in the fight for our rights.

We also stand firm on the enforcement and protections of the ADA which will assure self-determination for all people with disabilities.

We are the people with self-determination.

Adopted November 1st, 1997 at the First National Call to the Table Meeting issued by the Southern Collaborative on Self-determination (People First of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee), the New York Self-Advocacy Association, and Speaking for Ourselves of Pennsylvania.
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