Examples of Advocacy

Our mission is to invite and involve a wide range of local people into a wide range of responsible personal relationships with people whose lives are diminished because of prejudice toward disability. There are many ways that a citizen advocate can be involved. Some examples are:

Spokesperson
to vigorously represent a person's best interests and to help them acquire necessary services and supports.
Friend
to begin an ongoing, hopefully life long relationship that may develop into a true friendship over time.
Ally
to stand with a person during good times and bad times.
Monitor
to evaluate and hold human service organizations accountable for their actions.
Mentor
to offer guidance, affirmation, and direction through your presence, personal example, and advice.
Opportunity Maker
to arrange for a person to take advantage of new or better opportunities in our community in work, education, civic involvement, neighborhood involvement, or leisure.
Red Tape Cutter
to help cut through policies and procedures that can sometimes overwhelm.
Representative Payee
to assume responsibility of a person's finances and to help the person with planning a monthly budget and saving for the future.
Adoptive Parent
to provide a forever family.
Legal Guardian
to assume court-sanctioned responsibility for a person's major personal or financial decisions.
Crisis Advocate
to respond and be present to a protégé immediately on a short term basis until a long term advocate can be recruited, oriented and matched.
Advocate Associate
to offer your skills, talents, expertise, and influence to a citizen advocate who is advocating for his or her protégé. Advocate associates are needed in the areas of networking, political savvy, law, journalism, financial planning, housing, employment, medical, and education.