Florida has a network of 14 grassroots self-advocacy groups that tackle advocacy projects and community service at the local level. FL SAND also has a board that coordinates the efforts of its local groups to advocate at the state and national levels.
These state and national organizations provide valuable information, services, and resources to self-advocates and all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most of them include self-advocacy promotion and support as part of their mission.
Self-Advocacy groups and service providers and agencies advocate for systems change in the form of legislative platforms that are disseminated to local, state, and federal legislators. Click here for a list of resources and activities related to advocating for policy change.
Expanding opportunities for fair, accessible, and equal employment for persons with disabilities are prominent issues on which self-advocates continually work. Click here for information on employment efforts and links to job opportunities for self-advocates.
List of agencies and initiatives that can help equip and assist self-advocates and self-advocacy groups in advocating locally and participating at the state and national level on systems change efforts related to transportation.
List of agencies and initiatives that can help equip and assist self-advocates and self-advocacy groups in advocating locally and participating at the state and national level on systems change efforts related to Medicaid, the Medicaid Waiver, and general healthcare.
Like everyone else, self-advocates dream of financial independence. There is much to be done in Florida and our country to improve the opportunities for persons with disabilities to become financially independent but before one can advocate effectively, they must be aware of the supports and resources available. These agencies provide programs to help individuals achieve financial independence as well as provide ideas for advocating for systems change.