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.
Denver, Colorado—Recently, AdvocacyDenver was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to support its core program, individual advocacy. AdvocacyDenver features seven advocates who provide individual, technical, and referral-based advocacy assistance to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in Denver County.
Advocates work alongside clients to gain access to quality supports and resources while navigating complex systems, such as health care, education, employment, and housing. With the support from advocates, individuals with I/DD and their families develop strong self-advocacy skills, empowering them to improve the quality of their own lives.
For 2011, AdvocacyDenver estimates it will have taken on 200 new clients through its referral and intake process for advocacy requests providing them with a wide range of assistance and resources for various advocacy issues. Among all of these clients, AdvocacyDenver anticipates addressing an estimated 275 unique advocacy issues through the end of 2011.
Advocate Alexandra Andrews says, “AdvocacyDenver receives requests from a very high number of individuals that need assistance and guidance in varying fields. This grant will bring us closer to meeting their needs.”
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org