Self-Advocacy Role In Leadership

People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities have the right to participate in decisions about their lives and advocate for public policy that provides the systems and supports they need to participate fully in society.

It is The Arc New York’s position that this requires that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities have the following opportunities and rights:

  • To receive training and/or mentoring so they may participate fully and meaningfully on boards, committees, taskforces and other decision-making bodies that provide oversight and resource allocation in support of their lives. 
     
  • To be selected and/or elected to boards, committees and task forces of local organizations that serve support their lives, including The Arc New York Chapter Boards, Committees and Task Forces.
     
  • To organize a chapter-level self-advocacy initiative, which informs the board and administration about quality of services and lives of their peers in the organization.
     
  • To provide input into The Arc New York management, planning and decision making, including representation on The Arc New York Board of Governors, Committees and Task Forces.
     
  • To receive financial and other supports from service providers and other advocacy organizations to participate in local chapter boards, local and statewide self-advocacy groups, governmental and statewide public policy organizations and national groups they choose and/or are elected to represent themselves and their peers.
     
  • To have a partnership among people who receive supports, and administrators and agency personnel to reduce barriers to independence and individualization for people with disabilities.
     
  • To have a partnership among people who receive supports, and administrators and agency personnel to educate the community and others regarding the importance of self-advocacy in our society.                                                                             
Adopted October 19, 2007 at NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly
Adopted October 23, 2009 at the NYSARC. Delegate Assembly
Adopted with Amendments October 19, 2012 NYSARC, Inc. Delegate Assembly          
Adopted with Amendments October 12, 2016 at NYSARC Inc. Delegate Assembly