Celebrating 40 Years!

Photos from the Speaking For Ourselves 40th anniversary celebration on October 15, 2022.

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Join Us Virtually In January For
A Gathering Of Friends

Saturday, January 17th, 2023


Meet new people, make some new friends and connections and… get to know more about self-advocacy, sharing your story, listening to others and Speaking for Ourselves!

Who We Are

Speaking for Ourselves is an independent grassroots, self-help/self-advocacy organization run by people with developmental disabilities.

Our purpose is to help our members run their organizations, develop leadership skills through real-life experiences, learn to work together collectively to address their own issues, and increase their own self-sufficiency and independence.

Where It All Began

Speaking for Ourselves began in February 1982 and has been assisting to empower others, pass legislation, and supporting all people to speak for themselves. We are 40 years strong and continue to uphold the beliefs of our founders.

Songs By Karl Williams

Listen to a playlist of songs performed and recorded by Speaking For Ourselves.