Individual advocacy is the process of assisting an individual member to correct a problem with the system such as obtaining or maintaining a benefit or service or solving a problem with a service provider, landlord, employer, etc. Systemic advocacy (Policy and Legislation) is the process of changing rules or laws that interfere with the rights of all people with disabilities.
Our advocates are:
We believe in Nothing About Us Without Us!
This demands that people with disabilities must have meaningful involvement and decision-making power regarding rules and policies that impact our daily lives. This must occur on an individual and systemic basis. And it is our advocates that are leading this charge.
Individual advocacy is NOT case management and is not direct services. Individual advocacy includes but is not limited to representing people at administrative and informal hearings and appeals, attending meetings, or writing letters on behalf of individuals. Individual advocacy is provided by trained non-attorney advocates. Follow this linkto learn more about our Individual Advocacy Program and decide if we can help you resolve your issue.
Systemic advocacy involves activities such as attending policy-related meetings, sitting on formal boards and commissions, active involvement with informal working groups, showing up at the state capitol to educate lawmakers about our issues, and grassroots organizing. Follow this link to learn more about our Systemic Advocacy Program and decide if you are ready to get involved and make a difference.