Advocacy is one of our core services at Disability Options Network. Our main goal is to teach people with disabilities how to advocate for themselves. Advocacy is defined as providing information and assistance for people with disabilities and their families in accessing benefits, support systems, and promoting changes that enhance full access to the community. DON staff will assist a person with learning to advocate for themselves over time. Systems Advocacy is working with groups of people with disabilities on a united local, state, or national disability issue.
Advocacy leads to people joining together to allow for individual and system changes to provide equal access to opportunities in:
- Attendant Care
- Many more!!
The ultimate goal of advocacy is to enable the individual with a disability to become a full participant within his or her own community.
There are times when even the best self advocates need help and we’re here to assist!! With the help of consumer advocates, we advocate on a State and National level for the rights of persons with disabilities.
DON works for the rights of individuals with disabilities by actively speaking to members of congress and state representatives. We have had numerous conversations with both the past and present head of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) (now the Department of Human Services (DHS)) and are fully aware of the problems that individuals with disabilities are facing in today’s world.
If you need Advocacy or would like to help us advocate for disability rights, please feel free to contact us!! DON would be happy to assist you and to have your assistance in this very important part of what we do.