We all need to commit our best efforts to effect positive and very necessary change within the I/DD service sector to ensure high quality, holistic supports and services are delivered to the people we serve and that these supports speak to person-centered approaches and fuel optimal health and wellness. Advocacy is the key to effecting such change and is the vehicle needed to create a better social, political and economic environment for all.

Each of us has an important role to play in bringing about the change we seek. We all need to help our Representatives and Senators make informed policy decisions. As a constituent – whether you are a family member, self-advocate, community member, employer, or direct support professional – you can influence public policy.

If we all exercise our rights as citizens, our collective voice will give us the ability to bring about profound change in our world. As Margaret Mead once said “Never underestimate the power of a small, dedicated group of people to change the world; indeed, that is the only thing that ever has.”

Below are some links to state and federal organizations that not only provide resources to provider voluntary organizations like New Hope Community but who support all of us in actively advocating for the needs and rights of people with I/DD.

Please take a few minutes to visit the sites listed. We are confident it will empower you to use your voice. Join us and let’s change the world, together!

New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation

https://nyalliance.org/about.php

https://nyalliance.org/Advocacy

INTERAGENCY COUNCIL of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. (IAC)

https://www.iacny.org/

https://www.iacny.org/legislative-action

American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

https://www.ancor.org/

https://www.ancor.org/advocacy

Much more coming soon – please check back!