Consumer Voice Part II
The purpose of Consumer Voice Part II is to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who may or may not be receiving services with HealthWest, to grow in their self-advocacy capabilities. This comprehensive program was created to build upon the foundation established by the original Consumer Voice program, which The Arc initiated in 2002. That program was effective in moving the needle for self-advocates by facilitating the representation of consumers on various HealthWest committees. The redesigned program has grown and expanded that effort by helping individuals to pinpoint and participate in activities that they are interested in and that contribute to their growth in areas of self-advocacy.
Increased knowledge, social skill building, and increased self-esteem, are just some of the results for adults with developmental disabilities.
The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The Arc.
Visitors to the site will discover multi-media lessons on a variety of topics such as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives in their communities. The site includes a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connected people with I/DD both locally and nationally. One of many unique features of the site is the translation of research and other data-driven information into formats easily accessible to people with I/DD.