Advocacy and Community Participation Opportunities

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According to Wrightslaw, Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination. There are several organizations in the greater Los Angeles area promoting self-advocacy.

Click on the links below for more information:

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. We are a peer lead organization that works to empower Autistic people across the world, and to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

California Department of Developmental Service Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC)

The Director of the Department of Developmental Services created the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) in 1992 to give consumers a voice at DDS. The CAC gives DDS information about important issues that affect consumers in California and provides consumers information about things that DDS is doing. The CAC makes decisions from information they receive from the community about DDS issues and community priorities. The CAC’s vision “My Life-My Way.”

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Be a Voice for all Californians with disabilities by promoting State Council participation and peer advocacy that advances independence and inclusion.

National Downs Syndrome Society (NDSS) Advocacy Alerts

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Through advocacy alert emails, NDSS will let you know what you can do and when to support important Down syndrome legislative activities. A quick phone call or submitting a form email is usually all it takes to affect positive changes for people with Down syndrome!

People First of California

This peer lead organization trains, informs, and supports all people with developmental disabilities speak up for themselves, know our rights and responsibilities, make decisions and solve problems, and stand together in unity, to take our rightful place in the world.

Disability Action Coalition

This organization coordinates Disability Capitol Action Day, an annual event  providing opportunity for people of cross disabilities and their allies to come together in solidarity for learning, resources, unity and to share the current issues that affect their daily lives in California. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016.

To find out more about self-advocacy opportunities, click here to be connected to an LAJAC  Case Manager or Intake Specialist.

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