Advocacy is one of the things we often do for ourselves that we don’t think about. Whenever we pursue what we want, whether it’s work, school, or buying something new, we insist. can deal with the problem.
For people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, this advocacy that most of us do all the time is not so easy. Others may simply not understand what is possible. Many in this group believe they do not have the same rights and choices as their peers.
Therefore, it is important for family members and caregivers to teach them how to advocate for themselves and not just speak for themselves.
There are many places and situations on an almost daily basis where people have the opportunity to perfect these skills, but none are more influential to the people and groups that enact and change laws that affect their way of life. .
Numerous organizations sponsor Disability Advocacy Day each year, including the Disability Law Center, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, Utah Parent Center, Utah Statewide Independent Living Council, USU Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice. ”
This is a day when individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families and health care providers can go to the Rotunda of the Capitol to network with agencies, learn about disability topics that will be addressed in the next legislative session, and participate in advocacy efforts. am.
This year’s Disability Advocacy Day will be held at the Capitol Rotunda on Monday, January 23rd from 3-6pm.
This is a great opportunity to not only give someone a say, but also learn how decisions are made.