Siraaj Nadat joined us as a new member of the staff team on Monday 30th July. Siraaj’s new title is Self-Advocacy Officer. He will be working on the Health self-assessment across the West Midlands, as well as a range of other self-advocacy projects.
After his interview, Siraaj reflected on the importance of self-advocacy, “Self-advocacy gives people a voice. If there was no self-advocacy how would people’s voice get out there? When I joined the self-advocacy movement I saw the benefits; it makes people aware of their rights, opens their eyes to know what’s out there in the world and tells them they can say what they want. Even now I see people struggling to have their say, people who have low self-esteem and who are stopped doing what they want to do simply because they have a disability'".
When asked why he wants to work in self-advocacy he said, “I want to contribute to society and make a difference to my life and the lives of people with learning disabilities. I want to be out there doing the things I want to do, and work as part of a team on projects which affect people with learning disabilities not only in the Black Country but beyond. Now I know a lot of people nationally and regionally so I can make links and help the organisation to build those links as well.”
Last modified on Monday, 06 August 2012 11:40