Nothing About You Without You – Disability Advocacy & Public Policy June 3, 2024 at 10:30 am

Public policy related to disability services is influenced by a range of factors. Among the most important is advocacy and self-advocacy – yet for many people the notion of taking part in advocacy activities is either mysterious, misunderstood, intimidating, or just terrifying. This session will offer a straightforward understanding of advocacy and self-advocacy, explain the difference between advocacy and lobbying, provide examples of how advocates from all walks of life have contributed to significant policy improvements for the disability community, and address the fundamental right and responsibility for advocates to make their voices heard.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will gain a broad understanding of past and present disability advocacy/self-advocacy activities to affect public policy.
  • Participants will expand their knowledge of effective public policy advocacy/self-advocacy methods.
  • Participants will increase their level of comfort and expertise engaging as disability advocates/self-advocates.


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