DSLC Services Advocacy
There are two approaches to advocacy; Individual and Systems. At DSLC, we use both methods of advocacy to empower and inform our consumers and the disability community. Our organization believes that individuals with disabilities should have equal access to a fulfilling independent life, and we use our advocacy programs to achieve this end.
Often referred to as Personal Advocacy, we perform this core service in almost every aspect of our work. Given the right support system, individuals are able to overcome barriers and hardships which they encounter. Our staff are skilled in supporting consumers by aiding in communication, researching rules and regulations, and if needed, providing legal services. We believe in the power collaboration, and our advocacy is based to the specific needs of the consumer.
Too often, people with disabilities are at a disadvantage in regards to policy and resource allocation decisions. We acknowledge that there are existing barriers within the community and we support the right of our consumers to organize for change. Also known as Systems Change, which is the way that the disability community makes decisions about policies, programs and the allocations of its resources. Our current Systems Advocacy is focused on housing, transportation, voting, and emergency and evacuation planning.