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The Top 10 Ways to be a Self Advocate

  • Speak Up For Yourself
  • Be Determined
  • Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
  • Learn When to Put Yourself First
  • Take Risks
  • Trust Your Own Voice
  • Know Your Rights
  • Always Remember You Have Choices
  • Live Your Life to the Beat of Your Own Drum
  • Believe in Yourself
FREE Your Mind Speakers Bureau

The FREE Your Mind Speakers Bureau was established to empower the individuals at FREE by teaching them advocacy skills and to encourage the individuals to write and share their inspirational stories to educate others and to increase awareness of disabilities.


FREE to Be is a community of men and women dedicated to socialization, advocacy, and education. They are a support network that provides a safe environment to grow together. FREE To BE provides an engaging space for GLBTQ individuals and friends, and all who are interested are encouraged to come and join us.

The FREE Thinkers

The FREE Thinkers consists of individuals from FREE’s OPWDD Day Programs. They work closely with the Self Advocacy Association of NYS (SANYS) and are active in legislative action. They have traveled to Albany and NYSACRA for events to advocate for more funds and programs to help individuals and staff in the Human service field.

Contact Us to Get Started

For more information, please call (631) 952-0257 or email mflood@familyres.org