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SANYS Core Activities

The following is a list of the activities we should focus on in the next few years, especially as our 'system' struggles with our state and nation's economic challenges:

  • Teaching people with developmental disabilities about self-advocacy and how to speak up for themselves and others 
  • Developing and supporting self-advocacy groups throughout our regions
  • Strengthening our grass roots approach: local groups, regional leadership teams and an active state-wide board
  • Teaching others (community members, staff of support organizations, state government) about self-advocacy and how people with developmental disabilities want to live their lives and what supports they want
  • Teaching self-advocates and families about individualized support
  • Increasing our 'system' and legislative advocacy around:
    --Spending all 'system' funds with a people first focus
    --Advocacy for system sustainability and transformation
    --Promoting individualized choices for supports and services
  • Promoting opportunities for self-advocates to contribute to their communities through employment and included community service

SANYS Related Legislative From Me to We priorities around sustainability, reduction in funding issues and system transformation

  • Safety
  • Competent and dedicated Direct Support Professionals
  • Provider financial stability
  • Fairness
  • Individualized supports are important in many ways and need to be an expanding part of the choices people are offered
  • People with developmental disabilities have a lot to offer and want to help with developing solutions to the challenges we all face.

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