Community & Advocacy
At Inspired we actively promote social inclusion which is why our roots and premises are embedded within the community and the town centre itself.
People with ID have the right to advocate and/or be supported to act as self-advocates. Self-advocates exercise their rights as citizens by communicating for and representing themselves and others, with whatever supports they need. Self-advocates must have a meaningful role in decision-making in all areas of their daily lives and in public policy decisions that affect people with ID.
Through self-advocacy, people with ID will have more impact on their own situations and on the public policies that affect them.
Self-advocacy has been critically important in supporting people with ID to learn about self-advocacy skills and other topics, including:
Civil rights, including the right to vote, the right to integrated services and supports, and self-determination;
Self-confidence and development of leadership skills;
Participation in group decision-making; and
Involvement on boards and task forces and with policymakers at the local, county, and national level.
Examples of Self-Advocacy in Action at Inspired:
Presentations to KCC, The Rotary club Tralee Chamber Alliance, Second Level Students attending local secondary schools, Local Businesses, Attendance at trade fairs and Expo’s. Exercising their freedom of speech and their right to choose.