The most powerful advocates are those who are passionate about an issue, and often people who understand it from personal experience. YAI's network of self advocates are involved in a variety of initiatives to raise awareness about issues that are important to them.
YAI self advocates speak with government officials in support of policies and programs that support people with disabilities, help spread the word to end the “r-word,” partner with the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, educate staff about their needs and rights, and participate on various committees and boards to guide agency activities.
Self advocacy groups are active throughout the YAI Network and play a crucial voice in decision-making throughout the agency.
Learn more what's on the minds of self advocates by reading the YAI Self Advocates Newsletter page.