When it comes to advocacy, I do at times struggle with wanting to lift others up while trying to make sure that I am clear that I can not actually speaking for anyone but myself.
This, I feel like comes out most when people draw a line in the sand between “advocates” and “self-advocates”. I feel like there should be no distinction and that the latter term makes individuals on the Autism Spectrum look selfish. I consider myself an advocate and I suppose a self-advocate.
But my point is simple – Everyone has a voice, whether it’s verbal, non-verbal (e.g.- sign language, PECS etc) and I just want to be a part of others feeling heard just like myself. I would never say that I can speak for others but I can try my best to help others listen to everyone.
Anyways, that is just my opinion. What’s yours?