Advocacy for People with Disabilities


Advocacy means speaking up for what you want or need. For people with disabilities, the ability to advocate for oneself is essential. For many people, group advocacy is also an effective way to make changes in systems, policies and procedures that affect their daily lives.

The RTC/IL provides a variety of resources related to advocacy for people with disabilities.

Advocacy Products

These publications offer guidance for writing advocacy letters and conducting campaigns.

Helpful Links

National and local advocacy organizations are listed.

Our Research

Our research centers include individual projects that involve advocacy directly or indirectly:


Why Advocate?

The RTC/IL's Advocacy Training Package explains the importance of advocacy this way:

"Being an effective advocate is especially important for people with disabilities, since we often face a variety of disability-related concerns to achieve greater personal dignity, choice, and independence. The passage of legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHAA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 have granted people with disabilities new rights and protections. However, many attitudinal, economic, social and physical/environmental barriers continue to threaten their full participation to society."


"Obviously, accessibility doesn’t exist in the toy world." https://t.co/uTvq89nzha


Advocacy in Action

People in wheelchairs and on foot march in Washington, D.C. to advocate for disability rights.

Disability advocates march in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 2015.

The empty wheelchair with the hat honors Justin Dart, who is considered the father of the ADA.

The rally was sponsored by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).

See our Facebook albums for more photos from the rallies in 2015 and previous years.

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