Self Advocacy Leadership Institute


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Photo: Anjali Dance Company

Self advocates have a human right to health and to have access to health related and leisure activities that promote their well being. In this Institute, we will talk about these rights. We will also be looking at what we can do to help ourselves feel better. Everyone can agree that after we move our bodies and exercise we feel better. We feel more self confident!

We want to allow people to develop a love for movement. This year, Tammy and Charmaine thought would be a good idea to get to know ourselves a little better. Each year the Institute has a focus on one or more human rights and then we do something to make those rights happen in the world for ourselves or our friends. We empower each other to make choices.

We will focus on movement, yoga, self defense, archery and dance. We want to have a physical space that allows and accepts movement activity. We will be able to choose music to dance to and we will engage in creative movement exploration. We will then write in our Institute journals about what we learned about ourselves. We will write or draw after each movement session.

The benefits of movement are very positive. It has a positive effect on mobility of the body and will increase your strength and coordination and flexibility. It stimulates the mind-body connections and helps with social skills. Physical fitness is very important. It improves health. It reduces negative behaviors. It increases positive social interactions. It improves how we feel about ourselves.  We all have loved our yoga classes at the Institute! We will have adaptive yoga just for you!

Make Change Happen

Learning how to advocate for the things you want in life. Learning how to advocate for what you need in your community.

More About Human Rights and Health

THE CONVENTION on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Article 25 - Health

The countries recognise that all people with disabilities have the same right to quality health care, without discrimination because of disability.

The countries will make sure that health and health-related rehabilitation services are available, including:

  1. Making sure that people with disabilities get the same variety, quality and standard of free and affordable health care as other people;
  2. Making sure that people with disabilities can get services they need because of their disability and to protect them from further disability;
  3. Having health services in peoples’ own communities;
  4. Insisting that health workers give the same quality care to people with disabilities as to others, for example, only if the person agrees and has been told about their rights— achieved through trainings and by making ethical standards for health care;
  5. Stopping discrimination against people with disabilities when it comes to health insurance and life insurance, and making sure that such insurance is provided fairly;
  6. Making sure that people with disabilities will not be discriminated against and denied health care or health services or food and fluids because of their disability.

Article 30 - Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport

  1. The countries recognise the right of people with disabilities to take part in cultural life.
    They will take action to make sure that:
    1. People with disabilities have access to literature and other writings in formats such as Braille, sign and audio;
    2. People with disabilities can get television programmes, film, theatre and other cultural activities in a way that they will understand, for example, with captioning and sign language;
    3. People with disabilities can get to cultural performances and services such as libraries, museums, theatres and sites of national importance.
  2. The countries will take action to make it possible for people with disabilities to develop and use their creative, artistic and intellectual potential.
  3. The countries will take action to make sure that laws that protect documents and other writings and inventions from forgery or copying do not discriminate against people with disabilities.
  4. People with disabilities have the right, just like everyone else, to have their culture and language recognized, for example sign languages and deaf culture.
  5. The countries also recognize that people with disabilities have the same right as others to take part in recreation, leisure and sports. The countries will take action to:
    1. Encourage and promote involvement of people with disabilities in sports with people without disabilities at all levels;
    2. Make sure that people with disabilities have a chance to organize and participate in sport activities, and to receive the same training and support as other people;
    3. Make sure that people with disabilities can get to sports and recreation arenas as other people can;
    4. Make sure that children with disabilities can participate in play and sports at school, like other children;
    5. Make sure that person with disabilities can get services to help organize recreational and fitness activities.

Forum Speaker Biographies

Photo: Claudia Castro

Growing up in Europe and traveling all over the world led Claudia to study and practice yoga so her life could be slower and simpler. Finding joy and peace through studying yoga is what led Claudia to begin teaching.

Claudia’s way of teaching mixes the body functions, belly strength, flexibility and balance of Sri T. Krishnamacharya's classical Hatha yoga style as well as the newer and exciting practices of Kundalini yoga. She also mixes in the heart opening and pure love of Bhakti yoga, which celebrates life and makes the body less stiff. She has lots of training in several types of yoga, including: Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Vinyasa Krama, Zen and Yin, as well as the healing science of Ayurveda. Claudia truly enjoys joining all of these wonderful teachings with her ideas to create her own different classes plus special private classes.

Thankful for all of the teachers she has met along her path, Claudia continues to strengthen her knowledge through studies and practice. Her passion revolves around making students want to live to be their best with an open heart and welcome soul.

Eva Geueke

Photo: Eva Geueke

Eva Geueke has practiced Feldenkrais® for almost 30 years. She came to the Feldenkrais Method® as a young dancer and it changed her understanding of brain, body, movement and herself forever. She finished the 4-year Professional Feldenkrais Training in 1987, and is now a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® around the world. She has taught thousands of private, week-long, weekend and night classes.

Eva loves to teach and share her knowledge and love for movement to help people to be better in all areas of their lives.

Eva is also a teacher of modern dance, Brazilian Martial Arts, and dance movements. She also teaches Authentic Movement and is an IAO healer.

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