Voices For Independence speaks out for the equality and civil rights of people with disabilities. Voices works to teach people with disabilities how to become their own voice using either individual or group advocacy techniques. Consumer may be afraid or may not understand how to stand up for their civil rights. Before advocacy efforts, something as simple as crossing the street or having access to public places was not possible. Since 1993, Voices has made advocacy a primary concern. Without basic freedoms in place, it’s very hard to implement other core services.
Voices is proud of their past success in advocacy in several venues including:
- Work with contractors and landlords regarding accessible housing.
- Increasing the number of restrooms and widening the entryways of several government buildings and businesses
- Increasing awareness in public mass transit
- Curb cuts in Erie and surrounding communities
- Working with contractors and landlords regarding accessible housing
- Collaborating with the Erie County Convention Authority on the renovations to Erie Insurance Arena
The VFI Advocacy team knows the law and is an excellent resource for those attempting to fully understand the rights of the disability community. The team has an excellent track record for giving voice to the consumers they serve when their civil rights are violated.
If you would like further information about our Advocacy Services please call the office or contact our Advocacy Department here.
- ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.