What is Self Advocacy


Self advocates learn skills and information to help us stand up for ourselves, such as communication skills, human rights and legal rights, how laws get made, and strategies for creating change.


Self advocates create relationships that are respectful and meaningful to everyone involved. Self advocates build lifelong friendships and learn the benefits of being part of a group.


Self advocates are role models for others. Self advocates are leaders in our communities who create the changes we wish to see in the world.

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2022 Conference Recordings

We are happy to share that you can now watch recordings of the 2022 West Region Self Advocacy Conference Keynote Speaker, awards ceremony and Department of Developmental Services question and answer session. Click the purple Read more…

Meet our team

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Dana Lund

Self Advocacy Regional Coordinator

Dana is a recent addition to the team filling the role of Self Advocacy Regional Coordinator. She comes to the position from a Health Education background and is passionate about promoting learning, self-determination and growth for self-advocates and their communities. She is also passionate about the promotion of gender and sexuality equity and ending harmful stigmas surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community. Outside of work, her favorite hobbies are dance and table-top roleplaying games.

Amber Petell

Amber Pettell

Self Advocacy Peer Coordinator

Amber joined the Self Advocacy team in 2015 what has been involved in self advocacy in one way or another since she was a young teenager. She comes to the job with her own lived experience of having a disability and is deeply passionate about creating a society that validates and celebrates differences instead of creating harmful stigmas. Outside of work Amber's favorite hobby is watching movies.

James miller

James Miller

Regional Facillitator

James is a veteran self advocate who has been working with the Self Advocacy team for more than a decade. He brings a unique voice to the team. His skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities have made him very respected among his peers. Outside of work James is very close with his family and enjoys sports.

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Massachusetts West Region Self Advocacy

187 High Street Suite 303

Holyoke, MA 01040

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