Welcome to the VFN Advocacy Resources!
Thank you for visiting the Advocacy Resources. We hope you find the information you are looking for and welcome adding new resources. You will find information on advocacy, advocacy organizations, resources, training, alerts and news, leadership opportunities, legislative advocacy and voter information.
Vermont Family Network (VFN) provides families, individuals with disabilities and professionals with family centered, accessible information, appropriate referrals and assistance. We hope these resources help folks become aware of advocacy initiatives and resources and assist them with finding ways to have a voice in their lives, decisions, public policies, laws and everyday practices.
Your Voice Can Be a Voice for Change!
Vermont Family Network frequently has opportunities for families to speak up for systems changes. You might consider testifying before a Vermont Senate or House committee; attending a focus group to discuss an issue or review a proposed policy initiative; or contacting your state or national representatives. Family voices and stories can make a huge difference.
What is Advocacy?
is defined as the ability to speak and act on behalf of one’s self
it can be supporting a cause or
a political process by an individual or group
it can influence public-policy or
can involve actions taken by concerned citizens to demonstrate their support for an issue
It can also be about self advocacy, which can be about an individual’s likes/dislikes, how to speak up for one’s self and make their own decisions. For more information on self advocacy, self determination and person centered planning, click here.