More Alike Than Different
Since its opening, CTF ILLINOIS’ Advocacy Center in Charleston has empowered individuals with disabilities to speak up for their legal and human rights through both everyday interactions and political participation. Last fall, self-advocates attended the Speak Up and Speak Out Summit, where they learned how to enforce their workplace protections, manage their government benefits, recognize abuse, and stand up for others. Over the summer, four self-advocates attended a meeting with a representative from the United States Congress, where they asked him about funding for services and accessibility for people with disabilities. The Advocacy Center’s staff are also recruiting allies through social media, sharing resources for lobbying, and using the hashtag #morealikethandifferent to highlight the reality that people with disabilities deserve the same rights as all people. We’re looking forward to seeing the CTF advocates take even more strides in the future!