Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Advocacy means speaking up for what you want or need. For people with disabilities, the ability to advocate for oneself is essential. For many people, group advocacy is also an effective way to make changes in systems, policies and procedures that affect their daily lives.

The RTC/IL provides a variety of resources related to advocacy for people with disabilities.

Advocacy Products

RTC/IL Advocacy Publications offer guidance for writing advocacy letters and conducting campaigns.

Helpful Links

National and local advocacy organizations are listed.

Our Research

Our research centers include individual projects that involve advocacy directly or indirectly:

Why Advocate?

The RTC/IL's Advocacy Training Package (PDF) explains the importance of advocacy this way:

"Being an effective advocate is especially important for people with disabilities, since we often face a variety of disability-related concerns to achieve greater personal dignity, choice, and independence. The passage of legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHAA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 have granted people with disabilities new rights and protections. However, many attitudinal, economic, social and physical/environmental barriers continue to threaten their full participation to society."