Housing AdvocacyAdvocacy means "supporting or recommending a cause or course of action". Supporting and recommending action is what we do by:
- Nurturing, encouraging, and activating the "inner advocate" in others.
- Showing up at community events, rallies, marches, public meetings, forums, and hearings.
- Contacting our elected officials by sending correspondence, calling them, visiting their offices, and inviting them to visit us.
- Participating in local, regional, and national advocacy activities.
- Paying close attention to current events and legislation as well as listening to consumers, members, and others associated with the disability community.
Advocacy is at the heart of everything in the Independent Living movement!
We advocate for individual rights, for systems change, and for equal treatment for all people with disabilities.
Types of AdvocacyThere are several types of advocacy one can explore.
- Self-Advocacy means asserting your own rights, in your own voice.
- Individual-Advocacy means working with support to assert rights and make changes for one consumer.
- Systems-Advocacy means encouraging change and action among policymakers for the benefit of the greater community.