People First assists self-advocates in finding their own voices to speak for themselves, and strengthen their abilities to live as independently as possible in their communities. This is achieved through networking, educational training, and events that build social and life skills. The Arc Minnesota Southwest helps establish and provide on-going support for People First groups.
What you can expect at a meeting-
At self-advocacy group meetings, members discuss community issues important to people with disabilities and learn to work as a team to solve problems. Some local group activities have included educational sessions to review the rights all people have, and group projects like asking the local city council for better transportation for people with disabilities.