The Advocacy Army

About The Advocacy Army

The Advocacy Army is designed to help individuals work together to advocate for things that are important to them. Each month the group will focus on one issue that can positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities. The Advocacy Army will meet twice per month. The first session (1st Wednesday of  the month) will review the issue and discuss the plan of action. The second session (3rd Wednesday of  the month) will be used to help each other put the plan into action. The meetings will start at 7:00 P.M.

Past Advocacy Topics

Advocating to Eliminate Communication Barriers

Communication Barriers

  • Includes anything that prevents or disables communicators to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time, or a receiver to get and understand the right message at the right time

Barriers to Effective Communication

  • Linguistic Barriers – Language
  • Psychological Barriers – Mental and Psychological Issues
  • Emotional Barriers – Emotional IQ
  • Physical Barriers – Environment and Tools
  • Cultural Barriers – Customs, Beliefs, and Values
  • Attitude Barriers – Introverts vs. Extroverts
  • Perception Barriers –  Interpretation
  • Physiological Barriers – Disorders or Diseases
  • Technological  Barriers – Access and Use of Tech
  • Socio-religious Barriers – Beliefs

Inclusive Language

  • Acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equitable opportunities
  • Used in emails, marketing material, social media, websites, and other forms of communication
  • All work should be free from words, phrases, or tones that demean, insult, or exclude people based on their membership within a certain group or because of a particular attribute

People First Language

  • Like all communities, the disability community has its own preferred terminology. This is referred to as Person (or People) First Language
  • Putting the person first means treating others as you would want to be treated
  • Puts the person first in word and thought
  • Is accurate without being judgmental
  • Does not mention disabilities if it has nothing to do with a conversation

Call To Action | To Do List | Next Steps

  1. Join us for The Advocacy Working Session on January 28th @ 11 AM (Register Here)
  2. Bring a friend (Click Here)
  3. Review guidelines below

Guidelines To Review