Working For Change
At Independence Northwest, we empower people with disabilities, concentrating our efforts into a collective strength so that we can eliminate barriers and abolish discriminatory policies. Being advocates for social change is a crucial part of what we do and another reason our organization is so different from others. As members of the Connecticut Association for Independent Living (CACIL), we advocate on issues of concerns to the disability community on a state and national level.
Our advocacy work takes many different directions. We may assist an individual whose rights are being violated, coordinate larger groups of individuals who want to address public accessibility problems or work with national organizations to bring about relevant legislative change that will directly benefit people from our community.
People with disabilities decide which issues to pursue in our advocacy agenda. This empowers all of us and serves as a valuable learning experience. Everyone is encouraged to speak up for themselves and work for change in the community which helps us all achieve greater independence.