The Need for
OUR SAC PANEL
THE SELF-ADVOCACY CONNECTION
OF METRO LOUISVILLE
MISSION: SAC is an organization directed by
Kentuckians with developmental disabilities,
including intellectual disabilities, committed to
working in partnership to promote equal rights,
inclusion, self-advocacy, support, and
education in all realms of life.
Keeping your own personal biases and beliefs
Constant inventory of yourself and your actions
AREN’T DSPs ALREADY AWARE?
Big Brother contestant that is a PR manager
for an autism group wanted to use prize money
to open a salon, "so them retards can
get it together and get their hair done."
Defended himself by saying he can use that
language because he works with the
Possible Growth Areas for DSPs
Do you ALWAYS use People First Language?
Do you talk about clients in their presence?
Do you complete tasks for clients that they may be
able to learn to do independently?
If you do not understand a client do you just smile
and nod to avoid an uncomfortable situation?
How often do you use the term “behavior” and how
do you assess these “behaviors” you see in
– How successful are you at relaying information from
your clients to healthcare professionals?
– How difficult is it to communicate sentences without
– Shape activity
– Tie your shoe with one hand
– Hold a stack of paper and hand out one at a time
– Open a jar with one hand
SAC Panel Discussion
What do DSPs mean in their life?
If they could tell DSPs one thing what would it