Self-Advocacy Online Helps People with I/DD Take Charge

The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.

Visitors to the site will discover multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives in their communities. The site includes a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connected people with I/DD both locally and nationally. One of many unique features of the site is the translation of research and other data-driven information into formats easily accessible to people with I/DD.

This online tool is targeted to those who are just learning about their own rights and responsibilities as well as to those who participate in organized self-advocacy groups and activities.

This site will provide a hub for individuals and groups to gain information that is meaningful to them and can be used by them to advocate for themselves and all people with I/DD, collaborate and share ideas, and boost computer literacy skills in the process.

Self-Advocacy Quick GuidePDF

The Arc University

The Arc University Class
Learn new things, meet new friends, grow as a leader and thrive!

An exciting new leadership class for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Taught by trainers who have disabilities, and experienced advocates in the disability field

This class is ALSO open to college students or any community members interested in the disability field
or/and who want to build their community service learning and volunteer experience.

9 sessions, once a month on Saturdays.
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Class are offered at no cost.

Students will learn practical and important topics related to disability issues and leadership skills
and they will also hear from amazing speakers who are also people with disabilities in leadership roles.
Great opportunity to boost knowledge and skills, and meet other peers and leaders in the community.

Any question regarding this class and to apply, please contact:

Erin Martin

Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide.  Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.  We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities.  Contact us for:

  • Disability rights information and referrals;
  • Problem solving strategies for disability issues;
  • Community education and training; and
  • Legal services for disability discrimination or violation of rights.

We focus our legal resources on major cases which will improve service systems for people with disabilities.


GRASP | The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Mission: GRASP’s mission is to improve the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy.

Where: Based in NYC with additional chapters established nationally.

Website: http//

Aspie Hangout

A forum for those of us on the autism spectrum to get together and talk about our issues and lives.

A safe place to discuss things we may not otherwise be comfortable discussing elsewhere. Please note that this is not a debate forum nor a forum for controversial topics and discussions.


People First

People First, a self-advocacy organization, chapters througout the state. New members are welcome.

Contact: People First of Washington
Phone: (800) 758-1123

I C.A.N. Women’s Self-advocacy Support Network | Snohomish County

I C.A.N. Women’s Self-Advocacy Support Network for Women with Disabilities.

Meets @ the Arc Office
2500 Hewitt Ave, Ste. 300
Everett, WA
*RSVP required

Contact: Corinna Fale
Phone: (425)258-2459 x103