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My Life, My Way

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 Program’s 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 Advocate Values for an Every Day Life and how the people around us - family, supporters and community, honor these values.

A smiling person with short, curly red hair, wearing a pink and blue patterned shirt and pink sweater, sitting at a table with a pen and paper.

Self Advocates United as 1 Board president, Laura Bale, smiles at the camera during SAU1’s 2018 Celebration

Control

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.

A smiling person with long red hair wearing glasses, a black and white patterned shirt, and a star of David necklace.

Self Advocates United As 1 Power Staff Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

Choice

I decide everything about my life. The people around me help me learn about opportunities and together we make them happen.

A smiling person with short dark hair, wearing glasses, a dark blue dress, and white sweater, in a wheelchair.

Self Advocates United as 1 Board Member Lori McFarland

Freedom

I have the same rights as all members of the community and I can fully use them. The people around me respect my rights.

 A smiling person with short black hair, wearing glasses, a tan shirt, and green jacket, using a wheelchair.

Self Advocates United as 1 Board Member Maria Martin.

Stability

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.

A smiling person with curly brown hair, wearing glasses, a patterned shirt, and black suit jacket, using a wheelchair.

Self Advocates United as 1 Board Advisor Carolyn Morgan.

Health & Safety

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.

Three people smiling for a selfie.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Angie Lavanish, John Knorr, and Renee Benise.

Connected

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.

A smiling person with long blond hair sitting next to a table wearing a brown long sleeve shirt and a red knitted sweater.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Gretchen Laudenslager.

Responsibility

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.

A smiling, bald person wearing a gray shirt.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Joe Chandler.

Communication

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.

A smiling person with curly, light blonde hair, wearing a light pink shirt and  light blue jacket.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Peggy Collins.

Success

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.

A smiling, bald person wearing glasses and a black and red striped shirt, and holding a small painting.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff William Brewer shows off a piece of his art.

Employment

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

A smiling person wearing a black cowboy hat, glasses, a gold chain, and a blue jean shirt.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Derek Reihart.

Individuality

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.

A smiling couple standing outside holding hands in fancy clothes.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Gabriel Smaglik and his  partner,  Liz.

Relationships

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.

Two laughing people, sitting at a table, one wearing a white shirt, the other wearing a black shirt.

Self Advocates United as 1 Power Staff Oscar Drummond and Sharon Harper-Young laugh together.

Partnership

I need people in my life who will honor my life’s journey. The people around me work together with me to build bridges.

Two smiling people in front of an SAU1 Banner, giving thumbs up, one wearing a bright yellow shirt, the other wearing a purple shirt and tie.

SAU1 Power Staff Josh Harper with his support staff Quon Rowe representing SAU1 at an event in the community.

Quality

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.

A person with short brown hair wearing glasses, and a shirt and tie speaking into a microphone at a rally.

SAU1 Board member Matt Stinner shares why funding for people with disabilities is important at a rally at the Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg, PA.

Advocacy

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.

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