You are in the right place to find advocacy information and guidance
The Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) offers advocacy assistance, walking people through the steps necessary to resolve problems. We have a great track record. Each year we assist people with issues involving employment, housing, education, etc.
WCB Advocacy Committee
Well versed in ADA reasonable accommodation and conflict resolution, you can expect excellent advice and resources. Privacy is protected. Call Sue Ammeter at (800) 255-1147. Sue worked with the King County Office of Civil Rights. This committee handles over 30 cases a year.
Families with Blind ChildrenParents, you are not alone! You have a strong community support system. Connect and find opportunties for your kids. Contact Meka White (360) 689-1678. The Council is a safe place to learn and take part in the democratic process.
If you need assistance or guidance on getting accessible features in your community, contact Dorene Cornwell, chair of this WCB committee at (206) 632-6160.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Homepage
This is the official website of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Gain information and technical assistance with all of your ADA questions.
ADA National Network Courses
Free and certificate Web-based courses
The American Foundation for the Blind Advocacy Center
AFB now offers brochures and other documents to assist with advocacy for the specialized services we need.
Disability Rights News
This online newsletter provides a quick way to stay informed on the issues across the whole disability spectrum.
The Web Accessibility Initiative now offers guidelines for contacting organizations about inaccessible Websites. Sample e-mails are provided.
Five steps to self advocacy
Self advocacy is an excellent tool to encourage change in your community and/or workplace. Self advocacy is a process and includes the following steps:
- Know the Law - Federal laws such as the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Amendments Act. (FHAA) - State laws - Local Laws and Ordinance
- Develop and use your resources - Government / Elected Officials - Local Code Enforcement Officers - Advocacy Organizations – Local and National
- Assert yourself - Make contact with your resources via phone and email, etc. When the session is over, invite your legislator out for coffee. Have your talking points ready.
- Ask for change - Join consumer organizations - Arrange meetings - Make specific requests
- Follow up - Always thank your representatives for their time and service