People First of Louisiana
People First is a self advocacy group run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities.
People First members learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, learn to speak up for themselves about decisions they make, and connect with others in their community, across the nation and around the world.
People First of Louisiana Mission Statement
People First of Louisiana supports people with disabilities to empower themselves in becoming effective decision makers, to gain more independence, and enjoy life as equal citizens of the United States of America.
Disability is Natural
Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to:
- live independently;
- enjoy self-determination;
- make choices;
- contribute to society;
- pursue meaningful careers; and
- enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society. (Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act)