“A” is for ADVOCACY
Advocacy is more than a core service and more than just a motto with Transitional Paths –- it is at the heart of everything we do here in the Independent Living movement! We advocate for individual rights, for systems change, and for equal treatment for all people with disabilities!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.
There are several types of advocacy one can explore.
Transitional Paths 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.
Email Advocacy, or directly contact the other advocates linked below, to let us know of any of the above violations.
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.
To find out more about our advocacy efforts related to the replacement and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/"Obamacare," please see this page.
Your Life is Changing – Your Voice is Needed!
In January 2017, southwestern Pennsylvania will undergo a major overhaul of its Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) system. These services will be delivered under a managed-care system.
For more information, see HERE.
Disability Rights Legal Decisions
For an archive page of important recent legal decisions about disability rights, see our page HERE.
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)