Advocacy

At Community Access Unlimited, we believe that all individuals have the ability to live full integrated within the community. Each member is encouraged to advocate for themselves or join together and advocate together.

Community Access Unlimited supports one of the oldest and strongest self-advocacy groups for individuals with developmental disabilities called the Helping Hands Self Advocacy Group.  Since 1984, the group has been involved in legislative updates, letter writing campaigns, “Meet Your Candidates” events, have attended state and national conferences and conducted professional workshops. Monthly meetings are help and open to all people with disabilities. If you would like to join Helping Hands or find out more information, click here for their meeting and event schedule.

In 2004, Community Access Unlimited and Helping Hands developed the Jump Start Self-Advocacy consulting business. The mission of Jump Start is to ensure that advocates, service providers, and the community at-large are well versed in the needs, desires, and civil rights of people with disabilities. To learn more about the presentations available on a local and national level, click here.

The New American Movement for People with Disabilities (NAMPWD) was formed at Community Access Unlimited in 2012 as a movement committed to changing the social, political, and economic structure of our society so that all of us can live in it with pride, as equals regardless of our class, race, sex, gender, orientation, religion, income or disability status.  NAMPWD travels to local and national advocacy workshops,  conferences and community events educating and assisting individuals about equality amongst all individuals. For more information about NAMPWD, visit their website here.

Community Access Unlimited also supports youth and promotes self-advocacy for your youth. To learn more about the youth run advocacy group, Members Action Committee and MAC Attack click here.

In 2013, Community Access Unlimited partnered with several faith-based organizations to form the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council.  Click Here to be directed to their page and learn more about how you can get involved.