Public policy related to disability services is influenced by a range of factors. Among the most important is the role of advocacy and self-advocacy – yet for many people the notion of taking part in advocacy activities is either mysterious, misunderstood, intimidating, or downright terrifying. This session will offer a straightforward understanding of advocacy and self-advocacy, explain the difference between advocating 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
1. Participants will gain a broad understanding of past and present public policy advocacy/self-advocacy focused on individuals with disabilities.
2. Participants will expand their knowledge of a range of effective public policy advocacy/self-advocacy methods.
3. Participants will increase their level of comfort and expertise in acting as disability policy advocates/self-advocates in the future.