“A” is for ADVOCACY
There are several types of advocacy one can explore:
- Self-Advocacy – Asserting your own rights, in your own voice
- Individual-Advocacy – Working with support to assert rights and make changes for one consumer
- Systems-Advocacy – Encouraging change and action among policymakers for the benefit of the greater community
Specifically defined, advocacy is “supporting or recommending a cause or course of action”. Supporting and recommending action is exactly what we do by:
- Nurturing, encouraging, and activating the “inner advocate” in others.
- Showing up at community events, rallies, marches, public meetings, forums, and hearings.
- Contacting our elected officials by sending correspondence, calling them, visiting their offices, and inviting them to visit us.
- Participating in local, regional, and national advocacy activities.
- Paying close attention to current events and legislation as well as listening to consumers, members, and others associated with the disability community.
TRPIL brings together people with disabilities to share their concerns about community life and civil rights. Together, people with disabilities collaborate to help each other solve individual problems or change the policies of our society through voting. To learn more about registering to vote, call our office today.
To find all of your state and federal representatives in one place, just text (520) 200-2223 with your zip code as the message. You will get a text back with all of their phone numbers in one convenient place.
WHAT IS TOWN HALL ON FACEBOOK?
Town Hall is a place on Facebook where you can:
• See the names and contact information of local, state, and federal government officials representing you
• Contact your government officials directly through Facebook
• Connect with your government officials by following them
To access Town Hall, go to www.facebook.com/townhall
Links to Other Advocates
- ADA.gov Website
- Client Assistance Program (CAP)
- Federal Department of Justice Website
- GovTrack (members of Congress from PA)
- PA Human Relations Commission for Civil Rights Enforcement
- Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP)
- Slice of Pie for current pending legislation in Pennsylvania.
- Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services (SPLAS)