What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is the act of speaking on behalf of or in support of another person, a cause, an idea and/or policy. Self-advocacy is when an individual speaks on behalf of themselves in support of a cause, an idea and/or policy.
Why Advocacy Matters?
To ensure that people living with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) have a life free from discrimination, filled with liberty—it is important that we educate policy makers and local, state, and federal legislators on the key issues that impact their daily lives. This allows them to make decisions needed to ensure that we all live a life of equality.
How to Advocate
- Understand the key issues that impact our neighbors living with an IDD
- Find out who your local, state, federal legislators are, their terms in office, and contact information
- Write, email, and call your local, state, and federal legislators to share with them the key issues
- Understand the legislative process and how and when to engage
- Join a local advocacy group chapter (e.g., The Arc of Indiana, self-advocacy groups, etc.)