Advocacy: Working Together for Change

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About the training

According to the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University, advocacy involves promoting the interests or cause of someone or a group of people. "Self-advocacy" refers to an individual's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. "Systems advocacy" is about changing policies, laws or rules that impact how someone lives their life.

The webinar on July 2, 2019; 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern will address individual and systems advocacy, which are core services from centers for independent living (CILs). Learn about how these services can benefit you or your clients and how CILs can help with the advocacy process. A staff member from an AgrAbility project that will also share the many ways clients are in need of these services. Everyone can take something away from this discussion of advocacy, whether or not they work in agricultural settings.


Sierra Royster is the youth programs coordinator for APRIL. One of her priorities is to build bridges between national organizations who focus on youth and centers for independent living. Part of this involves introducing young people with disabilities to the great work and opportunities available through AgrAbility. Sierra has vast experience working with young people in youth leadership forums in her home state of North Carolina and around the country, and she plays an instrumental role in development of the annual APRIL Youth Conference.

Ketra Crosson is a licensed occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience in developing and providing independent living options for people with disabilities. She works for Alpha One, Maine’s center for independent living. As an independent living specialist she provides such services as access design consultation, independent living skills assessment and training, information and referral, peer support, advocacy, on-farm assessments with farmers with disabilities, and more.

Emily Freudenburg is from rural northeastern Nebraska and is a rural rehabilitation specialist with Nebraska AgrAbility. She grew up in an agricultural setting and helped her family to farm and operate a cattle herd. Emily attended the College of Saint Mary and earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy. Her knowledge of rehabilitation and agriculture are vital when completing the farm and ranch assessments.

A question & answer period will follow the presentation.

To participate in this free webinar, click here to access the online registration form by Friday, June 28. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Monday, July 1. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email if you have questions.