We work with advocacy groups to educate people about the legislative process for people with intellectual and developmental disability issues.
Bills of Interest (To search all Bills, click HERE)
Individuals who have an intellectual/developmental disability want to be able to live their lives in their own communities, enjoying the same daily freedom that others often take for granted. The state of Alabama has set the example by closing its institutions and providing an array of service and support options to assist people to live and fully participate in their communities. One Self-Advocacy group, People First of Alabama, has chapters across the state that encourage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be actively engaged in issues that directly affect their quality of life – employment, services, rights issues, etc.
Parents of children with an intellectual/developmental disability need to connect with other parents for support and resources. Parent Coalitions are important because they include parents and guardians who have walked the walk and can help parents organize their voices and be heard on issues important to them.
Local Chapters of The Arc
Parents and self-advocates can get involved with their local chapter of The Arc. During legislative session they organize members to build a coordinated advocacy effort through local legislative forums. Some chapters offer Leadership workshops and other local resources. Click here for a chapter near you.