In this article, self-advocates express their perspectives on social inclusion (and exclusion) in a variety of ways. Poetry and essays penned by self-advocates provide insight into internal thoughts and feelings that may rarely be expressed outside of their personal circles. The poetry and essays focus on leadership, both supported and thwarted. As such, they provide critical information on what works and what doesn't, and how best to assure that both the individual and the organization benefit from the opportunity of self-advocates to serve.

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