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SAU1 leaders worked with other folks in PA to think about what was important to most people, and what self advocates expect from those supporting them to live an Everyday Life.
These values are included in the PA Office of Developmental Programs' book and website for Everyday Lives.
Take a few minutes to read over the values.
Do you agree with these values?
Are the people in YOUR life honoring these values?
Use YOUR Power to speak up about YOUR values, and YOUR right to have them be honored and respected.
Self Advocates United as 1 Immediate Past Board president, Laura Bale, smiling during SAU1’s 2018 Celebration.
I have control over all areas of my life. The people around me know it’s my decision and work with me to achieve greater control.
Self Advocates United As 1 Power Staff Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone smiling.
I decide everything about my life. The people around me help me learn about opportunities and together we make them happen.
Self Advocates United as 1 Board Member Lori McFarland smiling.
I have the same rights as all members of the community and I can fully use them. The people around me respect my rights.
Self Advocates United as 1 Board Member Maria Martin smiling.
Changes to my life are made only with my permission and input. The people around me do “nothing about me without me.” They plan with me to meet my needs, now and for the future.
Self Advocates United as 1 Board Advisor Carolyn Morgan smiling.
I am healthy and safe in all areas of my life. I and the people around me balance health, safety and risk according to my wants and needs.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Angie Lavanish, John Knorr, and Renee Benise smiling.
I am a full member of my community with respect, dignity and status. The people around me know me as a person, welcome and accept me.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Gretchen Laudenslager smiling.
I am dependable and honor my commitments. I keep my word. The people around me are honest and fair, do what they’re supposed to do, and keep their word.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Joe Chandler smiling.
I am listened to and understood; my input is valued. The people around me listen to me and communicate in ways that work for me.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Peggy Collins smiling.
I am the best I can be in the goals that I decide. The people around me learn how to support me to achieve my goals.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff William Brewer smiling and showing off a piece of his art.
I want to work and/or have other ways to contribute to my community. The people around me support me to find and keep a real job that I like with good wages and benefits or start and run my own business, and/or volunteer the way I want in my community
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Derek Reihart smiling.
I am respected and valued for who I am and want to be. The people around me treat me with dignity and support me in a person -centered way.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Gabriel Smaglik and his partner, Liz, smiling.
I decide who is in my life – friends, family, partners, neighbors, pets, and others in the community. The people around me respect the relationships I choose and support me to form new relationships.
Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Oscar Drummond and Sharon Harper-Young laughing together.
I need people in my life who will honor my life’s journey. The people around me work together with me to build bridges.
SAU1 Power Staff Josh Harper with his support staff Quon Rowe representing SAU1 at an event in the community.
I want my life my way. I and the people around me make sure the services I choose are proved to be of high quality.
SAU1 Board member Matt Stinner sharing why funding for people with disabilities is important at a rally at the Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg, PA.
I am the best person to let others know what I want and need. The people around me listen to me and understand what I want and need, and assist me to be heard by others.