What is Self-Advocacy? Self-advocacy is when people with developmental disabilities make decisions, speak for themselves, and accept greater responsibilities as citizens. When Idahoans with developmental disabilities are not visible in our communities, our communities do not benefit from our many talents. Proven practice around the country has shown that the best way to become engaged as citizens is by running our own organization and supporting our self-advocacy. What is SALN? The Idaho Self-Advocate Leadership Network (SALN) has local organizations (chapters) where we come together in a supportive environment, to build relationships, mentor each other, learn new skills, gain new experiences and have a good time. We have SALN chapters in Moscow, Nampa, Boise, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls. We are working to form SALN chapters in other communities as well. In areas where we have SALN chapters, self-advocates are serving the community in many ways such as on local advisory boards. Self-advocates in these communities also vote in greater numbers. We build relationships that show other community leaders that they can call on us to share our ideas, experiences, and talents. Companies and public agencies often want input from people with disabilities on issues such as education, transportation, housing, and work force development. They can turn to SALN to find some excellent leaders willing to serve and provide valuable insight and skills.