Since 1984 we have been making change happen by campaigning in a way that uses the social model of disability. Through our campaigns we aim to make the lives of people with learning difficulties better and we make sure that they are at the heart of our campaigns.

We make change happen by giving people with learning difficulties, self-advocacy groups and other organisations the power, information, advice and support to campaign for the rights of people with learning difficulties.

‘As long as People with learning difficulties are discriminated against, People First (Self Advocacy) will campaign against discrimination’
(Andrew Lee, People First Director).

In 2014, our members defined their three priorities, which have come to be known as the 3 Pillars for Access to Independent Living. These are the three ways that people with learning difficulties break down the barriers that they face and access all areas of society.  

The 3 Pillars for access to independent living are:

  1. Self-advocacy and speaking up: Supporting the growth of user-led speaking up and self-advocacy groups so that people with learning difficulties have the support to speak up, build confidence and break down barriers together.
    Nothing about us without us!

  2. Accessible information and Easy Read: Supporting access to information through more accessible information, processes, communication and wider use of Easy Read, so that people have the information they need to make decisions and have control. 
    Information is power!

  3. Local community advocacy and support: Supporting access to good, flexible independent local advocacy and support that treats each person as a whole, so that people have the support to do what they want in life and have full access to independent living, choice and control.
    Don’t break my life up into pieces!
People First (Self Advocacy) is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1057354 and company number 03134827 at 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA.
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