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Supporting Self-Advocacy for Youth

By Chester Finn

Chester Finn is the Chair of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, a national organization of self-advocates. He is also special assistant to the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. He has been an advocate for people with disabilities since 1992. Here he shares his responses to questions about youth and self-advocacy.

Chester Finn may be reached at 518/434-4592 or For further information on SABE visit


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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( Citation: Gaylord, V., Agosta, J., Barclay, J., Melda, K. & Stenhjem, P. (Eds.). (2006). Impact: Feature Issue on Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities 19(2). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration.]

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