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Disability Action Center NW

Service Highlight- Advocacy

People with disabilities want equal opportunities. However, they often have additional barriers in pursuit of their civil rights and personal needs such as accessing local businesses, employment, transportation, education, housing, and the ability to vote.

Our goal is to teach individuals to advocate for themselves, with assistance from their Independent Living Specialist. Advocacy can happen on an individual or systemic level to facilitate policy changes and accessibility in our communities.

Individual Advocacy is defined as an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights.

This one-on-one service or group training is designed to increase self-sufficiency and independence. Through this service, consumers learn to be assertive when faced with obstacles in pursuit of their independent living goals.

Consumers are empowered through education of advocacy methods and are encouraged to directly advocate for their own issues, as well as issues that affect others.

Systems Change Advocacy is defined as the process of changing policies and/or barriers to make government, transportation, housing systems, and the community at large more accessible to people with disabilities. Working in partnerships with other individuals and organizations with similar goals enables change to be made.

Community advocacy may involve consumers, center staff, board members and volunteers. These groups of people initiate activities to make changes in the community, which makes it easier for all persons with disabilities to live independently in their communities.

640 Pershing Ave Ste A, Pocatello ID 83204
(208) 232-2747 VOICE/TDD
(208) 232-2754 FAX
(800) 631-2747

725 Jensen Grove Dr, Blackfoot ID 83221
(208) 785-9648 VOICE
(208) 785-2398 FAX

250 S. Skyline Suite 1, Idaho Falls ID 83402
(208) 529-8610 VOICE
(208) 529-8610 TDD
(208) 529-6804 FAX

2311 Park Ave. Ste 7, Burley ID 83318
(208) 678-7705 VOICE
(208) 678-7771 FAX