Get to the Core of It: Best Practices in the Four Core Services - A Five Part Series Part 2: Systems Advocacy (1.5 Hours)

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About the Training

Taking place in five parts, the Get to the Core of It series presents best practices and innovative approaches to the four core services: Information & Referral, Systems Advocacy, Individual Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, and Peer Support. Each presentation is brand new, incorporating the best material of the original presentations with fresh content developed from new experiences and feedback from our original audiences.

The four additional trainings in the series are:

    In the second part of the series, Chris Hilderbrant from the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) in Rochester, New York outlines his Center's outstanding approach to systems advocacy. This presentation is a helpful reminder that, YES!, Centers can and must advocate for the rights and access of people with disabilities! Chris presents CDR's use of the pitchfork approach to advocacy and how you can use it in your community. This includes advocating at all levels of government, how to get media coverage, and tips on protests and direct action. In addition, you'll learn how to help consumers become effective systems change advocates and how, as a Center, you can measure and document your success.

    Target Audience

    Executive directors, advocates, and other staff members of Centers for Independent Living who are involved in systems advocacy.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources which will enable them to:

    • Explain the philosophy and role of systems advocacy as a core service that builds community and changes people's lives.
    • Describe the five elements of an effective systems advocacy model that, when used together, serve as effective catalysts for change.
    • Describe how social media can be used as a highly effective advocacy tool for communication.
    • Explain strategies for measuring success of a CIL's systems advocacy efforts.

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