Family AdvocacyWhy This Is Important
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 becomemore and more professionalized, it is important for families to not lose theirvoice and their keen and unique sensitivity to the needs of their family member who has a disability. Family members must remain advocates andstay on the "leading edge" of what is possible, trusting their own sense ofthe best life possible for the person with a disability.Advocacy for a family member with a disability is really advocacy for thewhole family, since what affects one affects all. This departmentwill feature information and resources about advocacy itself, and alsoabout what's worth advocating for.