Advocacy

Consumers are taught to be self-advocates who understand their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Advocacy involves both system and community changes as well as individual issues.

Individual Advocacy

At Solutions for Independence, we believe the greatest way to self-advocacy is for the consumer to obtain a full understanding of their desires, legal rights, and interests so they can effectively convey their message to services and programs within their community. We are dedicated to giving the consumer confidence, knowledge, and stand physically and emotionally beside them if they believe they are being treated unequally.

“Advocacy is having someone to stand beside you if you think something is unfair or that someone is treating you badly and you would like to do something to change it.”

One of our team members worked closely with a gentleman who was being harassed and assaulted by members of his apartment complex. He had an invisible disability, also known as a condition that is unseen or hidden from the outside, however can limit or challenge an individual. Solutions for Independence gave this man an opportunity to discuss his obstacles openly and freely. The team educated him on his rights and eventually was able to stand beside him in court. The man ultimately won the case and was able to buy his own home, put two daughters through college, and find his own peace after becoming a strong personal advocate.

Systems Advocacy

Systems Advocacy involves actively engaging and advocating on behalf of people with disabilities at a local, state, and federal level. Our team has concentrated on issues such as the following:

  • Making sure accessible parking laws are enforced
  • Helping consumers write appeals for denial of services
  • Working to ensure accessible housing
  • Meeting with transportation officials to make sure they know and use the law

Disability Discrimination

We provide information and assistance related to living independently:

  • Disability Discrimination
  • Housing
  • Assistive technology
  • Transportation
  • Local service providers
  • Benefits
  • Education and Awareness