Advocacy

“We have three top priorities: advocacy, advocacy, advocacy.” Ed Roberts

Community Advocacy

Advocacy is provided to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are protected. Advocacy efforts are initiated to respond to proposed legislative changes and/or the need for increased funding and services to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Community participation becomes a key element in maintaining and preventing changes to important laws which protect individuals with disabilities.

Individualized Advocacy

Access Alaska assists consumers to take action on their own behalf (self-advocacy) to support their access to the goods, services and service providers in their communities.

Deinstitutionalization

Deinstitutionalization services for individuals who are presently residing in an institutional setting such as a nursing home are provided. We assist people to obtain the services they need to transition from more restrictive settings to reside in the community of their choice.

Other information:

  • Client Assistance Program (CAP) –  helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving rehabilitation or independent living services.
  • WallBusters –  is an advocacy group for people with disabilities in Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Disability Law Center of Alaska – are an independent non-profit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities anywhere in Alaska.
  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) – is a private, nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans.
  • National Council on Independant Living – advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.
  • Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) – is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America.
  • ADAPT  –  is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

State of Alaska