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In a recent post for Think Inclusive, self-advocate Emily Ladau explores the idea of advocate-allies who work with self-advocates towards disability rights. She emphasizes the importance of putting the voices of self-advocates at the forefront of disability advocacy movements:
“Don’t get me wrong – allies, or what I refer to as advocate-allies, are incredibly important to advocacy efforts. “Ally” implies being supportive, while “advocate-ally” paints a more accurate picture of people who join in along with self-advocates. And true advocate-allies deserve the utmost respect. But a real advocate-ally is someone who doesn’t overshadow the voices and efforts of the people who experience being disabled every single day.”

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About the Author:

Emily's areas of interest include encouraging all disabled people to become self-advocates and researching portrayals of disability in the media. She is a passionate self-advocate and is pursuing a career in which she can use her communication and writing skills as a means of positive change for all disabled people. Currently, Emily maintains a blog on her experiences with her disability, “Words I Wheel By,” at She’s always happy to connect with people, and you can follow her blog on Facebook ( or follow her on Twitter (@emily_ladau).

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