Self-Advocates of Indiana (SAI) is a statewide advocacy organization that empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As self-advocates, we are citizens who speak out and advocate and educate for equal rights, respect, and inclusion for all in the community. Self-advocacy is standing up for my rights, being in charge of my life, and bring treated with respect.
SAI was started in 1990 by Darcus Nims, a leader in Indiana’s self-advocate movement. She believed that all people with disabilities should have a good life, complete with equal rights, respect, and inclusion in the community. Today, we are carrying on that message with more than 40 chapters across the state.
Self-advocacy is important because it is a way for people to know that all people, including people with disabilities, have rights. We help people understand that we want to be treated with respect. It is a way for our voices to be heard.