Derek is a 21-year-old self-advocate and Youth Ambassador from Georgia. He is an artist and believes that a picture can say a lot. In this story, Derek uses art to express how he feels about supported decision making, how he receives support and why it is important to make his own choices.
Full image descriptions of Derek’s six slides can be found under the Long Image Descriptions Heading towards the bottom of this page.
Derek is a passionate disability voting advocate. He is a board member of Uniting for Change, a network of self-advocates, and REV Up Georgia. His artwork expresses his passion for voting rights.
Long Image Descriptions
A cartoon drawing of Derek says “Supported Decision making helps me make decisions by letting me keep my rights. And letting me get help when I need it. Just because I don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean I should lose my voice!
A cartoon drawing of Derek thinks, “A big decision I made before was deciding I wanted to be a graphic designer. I spoke to Mom and Dad. They helped me by getting art lessons and helping me with art supplies. They also helped me meet people to help my dream come true.
A cartoon drawing of Derek speaks to cartoons of his family members and other people who support him. Derek says, “I get support by speaking out and being proud of what I have to say. I get support from my family, United for Change, and Rev Up.
A cartoon drawing of desk stands at a podium in front of group of seated people clapping for him. Derek says “I wanted to be a part of this because I know my voice can give other people a choice over their own life. A life that they want to make. My Voice to make my Choice! What I have to say matters!
A cartoon drawing of Derek stands next to a raised fist with flames by behind it. Derek says “It is important to me to make my own decisions because it gives me power over my own life! It makes me happy that mom things what I have to say is important. It makes me feel confident!”