Advocacy Resources

LEARN - What is Advocacy? Advocacy means speaking and acting on behalf of yourself or others. It involves taking action to:

  • Represent and advance your own interests (Self-advocacy)

  • Represent the rights and interests of someone other than yourself (Peer advocacy)

  • Influence social, political, and economic systems to bring about change for groups of people (Systems advocacy)

  • Use attorneys and the legal or administrative systems to establish or protect legal rights (Legal advocacy)

Brainline’s Advocacy Tool Kit is designed to assist you in learning strategies and practicing some skills so that you feel comfortable and confident as an advocate. Click here to download the complete toolkit, which highlights developing a strategy to plan your actions.

ACT - Practice advocacy skills to enhance your role and confidence in making decisions that affect your life.

Community Organizing Ground Rules for Grass Roots Organizers is a computer-based tutorial created by the WNYIL/CIL Management Center & RRTC-ILM © 2005.

Advocacy Training Package: A Step-by-Step Guide to Advocating for Change for People with Disabilities

Your Action Planning Guide for Promoting Full Community Participation Among People with Disabilities

Autism Self-Advocacy Network: Advocacy resources & tools:

They Work for Us - A self-advocate’s guide to getting through to your elected officials 

The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide - Information about the lobbying process, including developing grassroots action, communicating effectively with legislators, and maximizing your impact.

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