KindTree – Autism Rocks services include a volunteer peer group, Eugene A.V.O.I.C.E Advocacy Group: meeting the 3rd Friday of the month from 4:30 to 6 pm at LILA Peer Support Club, 990 Oak Street (NW corner of 10th and Oak, next to Crumbs Together, beneath the Overpark). Facilitated by David Olson, (541) 636-9179.
But our group is not the only advocacy group relevant to folks in Eugene…
Contact Ben Luskin who is working to build support for the DIA: Benjamin Luskin email@example.com
A bill moving in the halls of Congress is the Disability Integration Act, more info here: http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/
What is the Disability Integration Act?
The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation, introduced by Senator Schumer in the Senate and Representative Sensenbrenner in the House, to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation (S.910, H.R.2472) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT (see below) has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. It is the next step in our national advocacy after securing the Community First Choice (CFC) option.
This exciting group is the Free Our People – ADAPT organization of Wheelchair Warriors. While not focused on people living with autism, many of the issues they fight for are also ours to fight. http://adapt.org/
From the national to the local level, ADAPT has an informal structure. ADAPT is like no other organization of which you may be a member. Some people say ADAPT is more like a communication network than a structured organization. The thing every local group must have is one or two people who are committed to making it work.
ADAPT is an activist organization. Your group must be willing to take up the issues head on. What issues? Aside from ADAPT’s national issue of changing the long term care system, starting a national attendant service program and freeing our people from nursing homes and other institutions, it’s up to your group. Each local ADAPT group develops its own style and structure. Decisions are usually made by group consensus. While each local group has local members and local issues which they address, all work on ADAPT’s national attendant services campaign. National networking provides information, strategies and support for each of these groups. ADAPT trainings in organizing and advocacy techniques are also available, and highly encouraged for newly forming groups.