Taken from All About Groups, A publication of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. 500 Balltown Road, Building 5, Schenectady, NY 12304 Tel: 518-382-1454 http://www.sanys.org
These questions were developed by People First of Washington:
1 Am I really listening to what self-advocates have to say or am I imposing my point of view?
2 Do I see the real human growth and potential in self-advocates or do I see “disability” and “limitations?”
3 Have I “checked out” my actions and feelings with self-advocates?
4 Are any of my actions based upon a potential conflict of interest or need to be controlling in any way?
5 Do my Actions:
- increase the self-respect, self-confidence, self-reliance in self-advocates, and encourage them to take risks?
- decrease the self-advocates’ dependence on me?
- increase a peer support system and encourage self-advocate leaders to take over my role
- teach people a process for making decisions, solving problems, and doing things on their own vs. controlling things
- decrease the chance that you will be seen as a “manipulator”
- increase the self-advocate’s opportunities to understand and participate in the decisions that affect their lives?
- encourage a positive role for diverse membership?
6 Do my actions promote respect and recognize individual growth as well as group spirit?
7 Do my actions encourage and assist self-advocates in obtaining and understanding a wide variety of information and different points of view so that people can make informed decisions? Have my actions developed “allies” for the self- advocates point of view?
8 Do my actions recognize that anger is okay and indeed justified in many instances and encourage people to use anger for positive growth and societal change?
9 Do I recognize that is okay for self-advocates to:
- question my point of view?
- work me out of a job?
- tell me that they don’t need me and can decide on their own?
- give me negative feedback about what I am doing?
- not see me as an authority figure?
10 Do I realize that advisors as well as self-advocates and self- advocacy organizations are fallible (or imperfect) human beings prone to making mistakes and having problems just like anyone else in any other organization?