We provide individual advocacy for both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Weld County does not charge for advocacy services.
To make a referral for individual advocacy services please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call our office to make an appointment: (970) 353-5219 extention 105
Advocacy on the individual or systems level is acting with or on behalf of an individual or group to resolve an issue, obtain a needed support or service or promote a change in the practices, policies and/or behaviors of third parties. Advocacy is essential for promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities1 and for establishing, maintaining or improving their quality of life.
Without strong advocacy at all levels, people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may not have access to needed supports as well as opportunities to exercise inherent civil and human rights. Additionally, strong advocacy may be required to prevent and/or address abuse, neglect and exploitation that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may experience. Persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may need the support of advocates to become effective self-advocates.
Advocacy is vital in improving and sustaining quality of life for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To be effective, advocacy must take place at both the individual and system levels. Advocacy can be aimed at public officials, support systems and the general public.
Advocates, including self-advocates, should be trained and knowledgeable about the rights and dignity of children and adults as set forth in the position statements of The Arc. Advocates must communicate effectively with individuals they assist, encouraging them to express and act on their thoughts, choices and feelings about issues and proposed solutions to problems. The advocate and the individual must be able to understand each other. The advocate should exercise great care to ensure that the person with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities fully understands the benefits and risks of any decision. When making decisions, individuals should be encouraged to consult with the important people in their lives. Advocates have an ethical obligation to represent the desires and needs of the person they represent, regardless of their own personal opinions on matters under consideration.
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