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Family Advocacy

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Throughout the history of services to persons with developmental disabilities, the most important change agents have been parents and family members. Every significant new leap in services came about because of the advocacy of familyh members for their children or siblings. As "the system" has become more and more professionalized, it is important for families to not lose their voice and their keen and unique sensitivity to the needs of their family member who has a disability. Family members must remain advocates and stay on the "leading edge" of what is possible, trusting their own sense of the best life possible for the person with a disability. Advocacy for a family member with a disability is really advocacy for the whole family, since what affects one affects all. This department will feature information and resources about advocacy itself, and also about what's worth advocating for.

This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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