We’re at the forefront of activism and leadership on any and all issues affecting people with disabilities – issues like accessibility, public accommodations, transportation, and education. These are critical in achieving full inclusion in community life. We work with local, state and national leaders to bring about change and create opportunities.
Systems advocacy seeks to engage local, state, and national leaders in an ongoing dialogue regarding public policy as it relates to citizens with disabilities. Issues such as accessibility, public accommodations, and transportation are significant in promoting full inclusion in every aspect of community life. Additionally, ADANC promotes self-determination as a component of advocacy, and supports employment and voting as important self-directed steps along a path to greater independence. The agency offers education to assist individuals with disabilities in understanding their rights and responsibilities as members of the community.
Individual advocacy involves assisting individuals with efforts to increase their access to services and programs in the community, as well as teach individuals how to communicate in order to obtain necessary support services from the community. This is accomplished by an Independent Living Specialist working directly with a client to accomplish a specific goal for increased access.