System Change Advocacy

Systems Change Advocacy is a process of changing policies to make government, transportation, and housing systems more accessible to people with disabilities. Systems Change advocacy involves removing barriers and increasing access to the community for all people including people with disabilities. Methods used to effect change is to work in partnerships with other individuals and organizations that have the same concerns and goals. Systems change advocacy involves removing barriers and increasing access to the community for all people including people with disabilities. Ability 1st Utah works with consumers that have alerted us to issues that have presented barriers in accessing community facilities and services. Community advocacy, may involve consumers, center staff, board members, and volunteers initiating activities to make changes in the community which make it easier for all persons with disabilities to live independently in their communities.

Speaking up for yourself or someone else.

People with disabilities, if you see;

  • 1 Person = That person needs help
  • 2 People = it’s a race
  • 3 people = it’s a party
  • 4 people = it’s a protest
  • 5 people = it’s a national movement
  • 15 people = it’s a revolution!

“Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”

Margaret Mead

Asking for what you want

  • Talking to someone who has the power to make a change
  • Sending a letter
  • Asking to talk to the supervisor or person in charge

Taking an action

  • Make a call
  • Send an email
  • Send a letter – Always sign it!
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • write a newsletter article on an issue to inform & mobilize
  • Talk to the media (news reporter, radio announcer, etc.)

Talking to a policy-maker

  • City Council-person, Mayor, State Legislator, U.S. Congressman
  • Testifying at public hearings & meetings
  • Join a policy-making body
  • Join a Government Council or Commission
  • Join an Organizational Board of Directors

Using your Civil Rights

  • Filing an appeal or grievance when you don’t agree with a service provider’s decision
  • Filing an ADA complaint with the Utah Attorney General or U.S. Department of Justice
  • Learn your rights and responsibilities.
  • Volunteer on a political campaign gets you their ear if they win!
  • Starting or signing a petition