ACCESS to Independence has the experience to guide you in advocating for yourself, empowering YOU to be successful. We also realize that sometimes, more than guidance may be needed. Access can work on your behalf in advocacy issues. Please Contact Us for further information.
• Standing up for your rights
• Talking to businesses and public officials to change policies
• Educating the community about the needs of people with disabilities
• Working with people who have the same concerns in order to make changes
• Educating people about your needs and rights
• Helping someone else to get what s/he needs
_ It is important that people develop their own advocacy skills so that they can speak up for their own needs and rights. This is what happens on the individual advocacy level. This can involve simple things such as making a phone call or filing a complaint. These skills will get easier with practice and can lead to advocacy on a larger scale.
_ Systems advocacy works on solving issues on a larger scale. Someone can be involved in this type of advocacy by being on a board. It is important to know why the issue is important to you and what type of change can be done by being on a board.
Grassroots advocacy can bring individual and system advocacy together. ACCESS to Independence has its own grassroots effort called ActionNet. It is a way for advocates to stay connected, educated, and empowered to act on issues important to people with disabilities.