Why advocacy?

Some have wondered, “Why should I get involved? Does it matter?” It seems a reasonable question. Let’s think about how far we have come. In California, our institutions are on the way out. Our children with special needs are being educated in public schools (we can argue about quality later). Our community is increasingly earning wages for work. None of these things happened because the powers that be thought we should change. All of these happened because of advocacy. From the first accessible sidewalk, which many of us now take for granted, to supported employment, to least restrictive environment, all of these things happened because someone spoke up. Now the question is, will you speak up?

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