Advocacy

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Advocacy has been a cornerstone of the Independent Living and Disability Rights movements since the beginning. The core idea of Independent Living is that individuals with disabilities are the best experts on their needs, and have the right to make their own choices to fulfill those needs. If an individual is unable to fulfill a want or need, advocacy is the answer.

RTC:Rural has a long history of working with disability stakeholders, Center for Independent Living staff, and disability advocates to help provide resources and tools that aim to help people with disabilities learn how to advocate effectively for themselves and others. 

Tools, Resources, and Publications

2017

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Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit 

2017 | RTC:Rural, Summit Independent Living (BASE) & Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
RTC:Rural | Toolkit components available in PDF, PowerPoint, Word docs


 

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How-to guide: Writing effective letters to decision makers

1984, revised May 2017 | Tom Seekins & Stephen B. Fawcett
Rural Institute |  PDF


 

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How-to guide: Creating your personal testimony to influence policy change

1984, revised May 2017 | Tom Seekins & Stephen B. Fawcett
Rural Institute |  PDF


 

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How-to guide: Finding and using data for advocacy

1984, revised May 2017 | Tom Seekins & Stephen B. Fawcett
Rural Institute | PDF


2007

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Rural Practice Guidelines: Involving people with disabilities as members of advisory groups 

March 2004, revised September 2007
Montana Disability & Health Program | online content