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Advocacy is the active involvement of all people to speak up for change, which starts in each of our homes and broadens out to our communities. Advocates promote the idea that people have rights, can make decisions for themselves, speak for themselves and can determine for themselves how to live as independently as possible. Advocates participate in advocacy groups, learn self-advocacy skills, attend conferences, lobby for policy changes, participate in agency committees and support each other when speaking about what is important.

Several groups are active across the region, including: Brothers and Sisters of Advocacy, Core Advocacy, Moving On Up, PrideAbility of WNY, STREAM, The Underground and United Voices for Change. The Advocacy Department provides a platform for people to share their experiences and promote positive change.

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