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Advocacy 101

This portion of our site is dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members and other concerned citizens to become stronger advocates for systems change.

The Basics

This section will cover the general information that you need to know to begin advocating. It will include a definition of advocacy, differentiate between individual and systems advocacy, and discuss common barriers to advocacy.  It will also include answers to frequently asked questions and a glossary of common acronyms and advocacy terms. Click here for a presentation covering the basics of systems advocacy.

Government & the Legislative Process

This section will provide you with a deeper understanding of government for more advanced advocacy. It will include a discussion of the branches of government, outline the legislative and rule-making processes, and inform you about key players in policymaking.

How To

This section will provide you with step-by-step instructions for common advocacy activities.

What to Expect

This section will prepare you to participate in common LaCAN activities by letting you know what to expect.

Other Tips & Tools

This section will provide you with helpful links and resources for your advocacy efforts.