Thanks to the advocacy efforts of The Arc in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan officially declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987. For nearly a quarter of a century, The Arc and its network of 700+ chapters across the country, including AdvocacyDenver, have fostered respect and access for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have made tremendous progress in promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and creating opportunities for them to live, learn and work as valued members of their communities. But there is much work left to do.
In 2012, a pivotal national election year, we are fighting to protect support systems in the face of tough economic times and drastic budget cuts. Since many people with disabilities rely on publicly funded services to fully participate in their communities, policymakers and candidates need to know you concerned about continuing these vital services. Take advantage of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to make your mark on this election by getting involved and getting active today.
What Can You Do?
• Speak out. Contact your legislator or candidate today and let them know you expect them to support public policy to assist people with I/DD.
• Spread the word. Educate yourself about issues important to the I/DD community then tell the world what you found out. Use March as a great excuse to post your positive thoughts about the I/DD movement on your Facebook page or Twitter account. Follow AdvocacyDenver on Facebook and Twitter and express yourself. Or go “old-school” with a good, old-fashioned letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining to your community why they should care about I/DD.
Join us during March to help raise awareness. Find out more about I/DD and what you can do at www.advocacydenver.org today!
Two-thousand eleven was quite a busy year here at AdvocacyDenver. Individual advocacy was in great demand and each advocate pulled through (and continues to do so!) to provide quality advocacy support to individuals with disabilities and their families. To analyze the amount and types of support provided, AdvocacyDenver tracks its core programming through the use of a Clients Database. This gives us insight to the trends and barriers confronting individuals with disabilities residing in Denver and enables us to plan strategically. Here’s a snapshot of what 2011 looked like:
How many clients did we support in 2011 and what type of support was that?
The graph summarizes the overall advocacy support provided by AdvocacyDenver in 2011. The combined bars in the graph identify 269 clients (new and on-going) that received different forms of advocacy support in 2011.
How many individual advocacy issues did AdvocacyDenver support in 2011?
The graph summarizes the advocacy issues addressed by AdvocacyDenver as a whole in 2011. The total number of issues addressed in 2011 is 289.
For more information about the types of individual advocacy trends in 2011 please contact Catherine Strode at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have done some serious website re-modeling here at AdvocacyDenver. We’re pleased to share the new design with you and we hope you find it useful. Our intentions behind the re-design were to improve the functionality of the website and increase the quality of the information and tools it offers to both prospective and existing clients and folks interested in getting involved with us
Individuals and their families now have easy access to information that is important and relevant to you! This includes:
- Information on individual advocacy programs for children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. These pages also include up to date agency and resource listings across various areas of advocacy;
- current calendar of local events and meetings in the Denver Metro Area;
- an overview of our online, interactive webinar offerings;
- important potential Colorado bills, including those in health care, that directly impact individuals with I/DD;
- information on our unique Center for Special Education Law;
- …and much more!
Also, there is plenty of information for people, foundations, or corporations interested in getting involved with AdvocacyDenver and staying in the loop about what it is doing in the community. This includes:
- Becoming an AdvocacyDenver member;
- learning about current volunteer/intern opportunities;
- getting updates on important news and policy headlines, upcoming events and educational opportunities, and organizational news;
- seeing how your donations make a differenceto AdvocacyDenver and the community it serves;
- …and much more!
So please take a look around and enjoy!