photo of Adonis Reddick receiving 2015  Catalyst Award

Self-Advocate and Community Leader Adonis Reddick (pictured above) passed away in May 2016. Adonis was an active member of Saint Louis Arc, and received a 2015 Catalyst Award for training and supporting self-advocates. The Missouri Divison of Developmental Disabilities also named him "2015 Self-Advocate of the Year."  Adonis will be remembered for his kind nature, sense of humor, and his dedication to advocating for incluison for all. 

The National Council of Self Advocates (NCSA)

The National Council of Self-Advocates or NCSA is a leading organization for self-advocates in The Arc and its chapter network. NCSA influences The Arc’s advocacy efforts, informs The Arc’s programming and ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country have the same civil and human rights that every citizen enjoys.

Join NCSA, and as a member, you will:

  • Lead and participate in monthly online meetings 
  • Plan and host the annual self-advocacy symposium at The Arc’s National Convention
  • Engage with chapters to effectively support self-advocates
  • Raise awareness about self-advocacy in communities around the country

We need you! Help us by:

  • Sharing your expertise and furthering your knowledge on important self-advocacy topics
  • Informing the work of The Arc’s national office and chapters by sharing how the programs being developed can support self-advocates

Contribute to the Council – Donate to support the establishment and sustainability of this essential new program specifically for self advocates. You can contribute to this important program even if you have not yet decided to become a member.

 Activate Here

ACTIVATE HERE! is a series of seven short videos for self-advocates, by self-advocates.  These videos are designed to refresh people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on their advocacy skills.  The videos can be watched in whatever order the user chooses. Click here to watch ACTIVATE HERE!

Self–Advocacy Online

The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.

Visitors to the site will discover multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives in their communities. The site includes a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connected people with I/DD both locally and nationally. One of many unique features of the site is the translation of research and other data-driven information into formats easily accessible to people with I/DD.

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*Your membership in The Arc at the local, state, or national level allows you to join The National Council of Self Advocates for no additional cost.

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As the nation’s leading advocate for all people with I/DD and their families, and the premier provider of the supports and services people want and need, we can help: