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Advocacy

The Arc of Wabash County is a member of the Self-Advocates of Indiana. Self-Advocates of Indiana is a state-wide program established on January 10, 1990 by individuals with developmental disabilities. The stated mission of Self-Advocates of Indiana is to speak out and educate for equal rights, respect, and inclusion for all in the community.

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The Goals of Self-Advocates of Indiana

Exchanging ideas, learning about rights and responsibilities for self and others with disabilities, helping others with disabilities to understand their rights, learning to run a self-advocacy group, encouraging self-advocates to meet in their communities and to advocate for self and others in their communities, and learning to communicate so that others can understand.

While attending The Arc, individuals have the opportunity to participate in the Arc of Wabash County Self-Advocates group, also known as Council of Persons Served. Members of the group meet monthly to increase self-advocacy skills, leadership skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of rights and responsibilities, assertiveness skills, and communication skills.

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Public Policy Advocacy

The Arc of Wabash County works closely with The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of the United States as they focus on changes in public policy for individuals with disabilities. 

 

The Arc of Indiana has a full time presence at the Indiana Statehouse, and, through the work at The Arc of the United States, in the halls of Congress.

 

Advocating is happening for funding, legislations, regulations and policies that will make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.

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