Self-Advocacy is:

  • About speaking for yourself
  • About speaking out for your rights
  • About teaching others to speak out for their right

Help to Advocate for Yourself

  • Some people cannot speak or communicate easily with others
  • You may need a friend, family member or someone else who knows you well to speak with you or for you

Self-Advocacy is About Having Choices

  • People with disabilities have the right to make choices
  • Sometimes people with disabilities need help to make choices
  • Family and friends can help people learn about choosing
  • Self-Advocacy Means Having a Say About Your Services

People with disabilities should have a say about services.  People can have a say by:

  • Participating in the individualized planning of their services
  • Letting people know if they are satisfied or not with services
  • Participating in an advocacy group
  • Getting support so that their voice can be heard

Learning about Self-Advocacy

  • Everyone has the right and the responsibility to learn to speak for themselves
  • People with disabilities can teach each other to speak for themselves
  • It can be easier to speak out for yourself by forming a group


People First

  • The Trail Association for Community Living supports People First.
  • People First meets once a month to learn about leadership, advocacy and to plan activities and projects of interest to the group
  • People First will, for example, participate in community education presentations on disability and accessibility issues
  • Another aspect of this group is to advocate as individuals and as a collective voice for changes and services that are important in our community

It is important for people with disabilities to become involved so People First strengthens in its growth and development.  If you are interested in participating in People First, contact the TACL office and they can tell you who is on the council and who you can talk to about becoming involved.

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Columbia View Lodge
Columbia View Lodge
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Community Inclusion, we have a group of people who volunteer at Columbia View Lodge, we assist with Bingo and refreshments.
3:30 pm Community Support Cooking Group @ TAAC
Community Support Cooking Group @ TAAC
Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm – Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm
Community Support Cooking Group @ TAAC
Community Support Program  Cooking Group Cooking group takes place weekly: Budgeting Planning Shopping Nutrition Food Safe Cooking skills Social skills Dining etiquette The cooking group offers the chance to plan, shop, prepare and share a meal.  
4:00 pm Community Support Laundry Group
Community Support Laundry Group
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm
Community Support Laundry Group
Community Support Laundry Group  

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Trail Association for Community Living
1565 B, Bay Ave.
Trail, BC
Ph. (250) 368-3503
Monday - Friday | 8:00am - 4:00pm

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