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The Advocacy Department works in collaboration with the Independent Living Department and Legal Department to create real options and freedom for self–determination of people with all kinds of disabilities. While independent living services provide individual and peer group support in navigating life issues, advocacy work creates systemic and community opportunities to protect and exercise our human rights.

The Advocacy Department includes community organizers and policy analysts who create systemic, long-term solutions in areas of housing, education, employment, health care, and transportation.

The Advocacy Department is divided
into three main areas of action:

Community Development and Organizing (CDO) : The CDO team is dedicated to developing grassroots leadership of people with disabilities and working through community organizing to fight for social change.

Policy Analysis : The Policy Team monitors, crafts and responds to policies, regulations, programs and legislation that affect the disability community.

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy