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Serving people with developmental disabilities for 33 years by facilitating and supporting freely given one on one relationships with community volunteers. The mission of Citizen Advocacy is to promote the protection of, and advocacy for, people who are devalued, usually due to a mental or physical disability. Citizen Advocacy programs bring the needs and interests of an individual who is at risk of social isolation to the attention of a citizen who, with the support of the Citizen Advocacy office, will respond to those needs through a freely given, usually lasting, advocacy relationship.
Person to Person: Citizen Advocacy supports persons in Onondaga, Oswego and Cortland County.
Citizen Advocacy happens when a valued and competent citizen who is unpaid and independent (advocate) represents the interests of a person who is developmentally disabled (protégé) as if those interests were his or her own.
As an advocate, you will have the chance to be a positive influence on your protégé, and a positive example for others. Advocates help in a wide-range of ways. An advocate can be helpful in finding new housing, or helping with financial issues, to going to church or grabbing a cup of coffee. Advocates have shared part of themselves through freely given relationship as friends and committed allies.
As you draw from your experiences and share yourself with someone who needs you, you will gain new experiences that allow you to grow along with your protégé. The community can benefit from the example of Citizen Advocacy. Sharing your experiences as an advocate can help others to understand the value of all people.