It’s important to know how to be a self-advocate, as well as how to advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. Advocacy helps teach people without disabilities about seeing ability first and helps start important conversations about inclusion and education.
Self-advocacy teaches individuals how to advocate for themselves and teaches others without disabilities about the importance of inclusion. All individuals have the right to take control of their lives and make their own life decisions. Self-advocates learn important self-determination tools and also get involved at both the local and state levels.
A community service group sponsored by Kiwanis International, Aktion Club, is open to all adults living with disabilities who want to become community leaders and provide service for others. This organization offers benefits of friendship, fellowship and fun, but most importantly it extends the opportunity to collaborate on a variety of projects that help our community.
For an overview, reference our Advocacy Services Flyer.
If you are interested in learning more about how to help advance advocacy in our community call (440) 918-5173 to learn more the Lake County Advocacy Council.
- We Thrive Together https://wethrivetogether.org/
- The Arc of Ohio, Regional Office www.thearcofohio.org
- Disability Rights Ohio https://www.disabilityrightsohio.org
- DODD Advocacy Resources https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/your-family/advocacy/
- Ohio Self Determination Agency (OSDA) https://osdaohio.org/