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Robert Strike: Self-Advocate
Robert Strike is a father of three, and Co-founder of Self Advocacy, New South Wales (Australia). He and Dr David McConnell published Robert’s seven-point plan for workers supporting parents with intellectual disability.
In summary, the seven-point plan is as follows:
- Look beyond the disability label—you will be surprised! Labels are for jars not for people.
- Talk to us, NOT at us, nor through others.
- Hearing is not enough. LISTEN to us and RESPECT what we say.
- Do things with us, not for us.
- Explain things slowly and get straight to the point.
- Talk to us face to face.
- Be honest with us . . . we have antennas for bullshit!
To read more about the seven-point plan, See: Strike, R., & McConnell, D. (2002) Look At Me, Listen to Me, I Have Something Important to Say. Sexuality and Disability, 20 (1), 53 - 63.