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The goal of advocacy is to advance the rights of people with disabilities.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living MTSTCIL believes you have the ability and responsibility to direct your own life. Through training and leadership development, MTSTCIL can assist you in learning how to become a self-advocate.
MTSTCIL training programs can teach you how to represent yourself and guide you through the confusing tangle of benefits, paperwork, and hearings, so you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. We can teach you how to solve your problems.
There has been landmark legislation over the years protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Developmental Disabilities Act, and the Fair Housing Act.
MTSTCIL staff can help you answer some of these difficult questions and help you identify programs for which you or your family members are eligible.
MTSTCIL continually monitors the legislative process and strives to positively affect the lives of people with disabilities. As a citizen, you have that same responsibility.
We work with you to learn how to meet and work with state legislators. We also provide training in writing letters to Congress and testifying at public hearings. MTSTCIL staff can also guide you through the process of working with legislators and teach you how to enact legislation or to file a complaint when you feel your rights have been violated.
We encourage you to visit the Advocacy in Action section of this Web site to learn more about becoming a voice in your community.
If you are currently a consumer of MTSTCIL services, or have been a consumer of our services in the past, we encourage you to consider joining the consumer advisory council in your area:
If you are interested in finding an advocacy group in your area, please search our Resource Database and select the category "Advocacy Groups".
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