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Enclosed is a description of what self-advocacy is and some forms to help you advocate on your own behalf. These forms were originally developed by staff members of the Peer and Self-Advocacy Program of the California Network of Mental Health Clients as part of a contract with Disability Rights California. They have been revised over time in response to suggestions by people who have used them. They are designed for use by a wide variety of persons with a variety of problems and situations. Please feel free to modify them to best fit your personal use.
Stigma refers to attitudes and beliefs that lead people to reject, avoid, or fear those they perceive as being different. Stigma is a Greek word that in its origins referred to a kind of mark that was cut or burned into the skin. It identified people as criminals, slaves, or traitors to be shunned...
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