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Self Advocates Forum of India (SAFI)

Parivaar in partnership with CBM has been conducting self-advocacy training for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in India. It started with Parivaar CBM (erstwhile Christoffel Blinden Mission, Germany) collaboration in 2006. It was then decided that in addition to capacity building of parents and their organisations, self-advocacy training for PWIDD’S should be carried out by Parivaar so that self-advocacy training is done seamlessly in the community settings. After a few years of experiment and training, a national forum was christened as “Self Advocates’ Forum of India (Safi), creating a platform to raise their voice. This forum provided a platform to connect self-advocates and their mentors all over India and draw strength out of this grand union. The first Safi National Convention held at Vishva Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi in 2013 where the first National Executive Council has been formed through a process of democratic voting process. Safi has conducted four National Conventions since 2013.