For people with disabilities, living independently means having the opportunity to have the right to choose how they want to live – a request that is often taken away from them. They come up against barriers in social circles and are now determined to destroy them.
Enhancing Disability Advocacy
There is a dire need to improve disability advocacy so that people with disabilities who have been robbed of their rights can get what they rightfully deserve.
When people with disabilities unite, their voices become more powerful, and as more people continue to speak out about these issues, they can initiate a meaningful change in our communications. And through disability advocacy, here are some ways to make that possible.
Changing the way communities think about people with disabilities can create huge advantages. Disability advocates work with communities to improve access to society and eliminate all kinds of barriers.
Reforming Laws and Policies
Then we have to work with politicians, community leaders, and advocacy groups – allowing disability advocates to make proper changes in policies that affect people with disabilities. And by supporting disability-related legislation, we are making significant improvements for these people in our society.
Protection of Rights
Many disability advocacy establishments are working to ensure that they advocate on behalf of people with disability. If they feel they are not meeting the needs of these people, they immediately make system changes and ensure new and improved operations.
Disability advocacy establishments advocate for increased funding at state levels, which can help fuel resources, services, and support that are crucial to the lives of people with disabilities.
People with disabilities can serve as valuable assets in the professional sector, and many of them are even working towards improving the situation of other people with disabilities so that they can collectively work together to change the current circumstances of people with disabilities.
Consider the work of J. Daniel Boomer – a revered mathematician, computer scientist, educator, and futurist.
Boomer was born with cerebral palsy, which affects the motor-speech area of the brain located on the front temporal lobe on the left side of the brain. However, that did not stunt Boomer’s potential to become an indispensable individual within the professional sector.
After graduating, Boomer worked at the Oregon State Planning Advisory Council for People with Developmental Disabilities for eight years, including four additional years as State Chairperson, National Vice-president, and President.
Some of Boomer’s notable works include serving as the Project Coordinator of a contract at Sacramento State University and the California Department of Education, Special Education Division.
There, he worked on analysing and evaluating the program and student-level information in determining the outcomes of special education students. Furthermore, he also assisted the Dean of the Department of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver in developing an information system for administrative decision-making, which led to improved teacher training programs and practices.