Self Advocacy Program
The Self-Advocacy program is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to successfully advocate independently. We offer skills development through dynamic and interactive workshops. contact us for more information.
To register for an Individual Advocacy workshop, or if you require community resource information, please contact Information and Referral at ILRC.
What is Self Advocacy?
Self Advocacy is:
- learning more your rights and responsibilities
- exercising your rights and navigating advocacy issues
- making choices about directing your advocacy goals
The Self Advocacy Program at ILRC is designed to support you in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to advocate for yourself across different systems and issues.
Information and Support
The following are just a few of the areas in which we offer information and support:
- Rights to Essential Services
- Home Care
- Human Rights
- Tenant and Housing Rights
- Social Services and related benefits
The goal of Self Advocacy is to support you in gaining a practical set of advocacy skills which can be applied to any area of your life.Independence is not the quality of tasks you can perform without assistance, but the quality of life we can live with help.
- Self-Advocacy DOES NOT mean you have to do it alone! Everyone needs supports to be successful
- Before advocating for an issue, do some research. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to successfully advocate.
- Create a plan of action
- Who needs to be contacted?
- How will you contact them?
- Has anyone else experienced a similar issue?
- Who else might be able to support you or the issue?
- Does any legislation, regulations or policies exist that support your position?
- When does this need to be done by?
- How long will you wait before doing a follow-up?
- When advocating for an issue, get as much information as possible in writing, this helps create a paper trail, and provides hard copies to refer back to if necessary
- Save copies of any letters or emails that you send
- Be aware that any information you send via email can easily, and sometimes accidentally, be forwarded on to other people
- When possible, peer with people who have experienced similar issues. What barriers did they experience? What resources were useful? How were they able to resolve the issue?
The Self Advocacy Program at ILRC is designed to support you in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary in becoming a successful Self Advocate.
ABC's of Advocacy Workshop Forms
Program and Appeals Links
- Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
- Employment and Income Assistance
- Home Care
- Manitoba Human Rights Commission
- Residential Tenancies Branch
- Winnipeg Transit Plus
- Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba