Integration of Advocacy and Mediation

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Integration of Advocacy and Mediation

In human services one works to facilitate change. Whether it is at an administrative, policy, or individual level, human service professionals believe that change is possible and work to achieve it through advocacy and mediation. An agency who integrates advocacy and works on a national level is The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. Also known as the CCD the agency is based in Washington D.C. and describes their organization as follow: “The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.” The CCD has advocated for people with physical and mental disabilities of all ages. The CCD has achieved federal regulations and legislation that assures the integration of 54 million children and adults with disabilities into mainstream society. They are able to do this through researching public policy issues, developing testimony and making recommendations to policy as well as encouraging innovative solutions to public policy concerns. The CCD also educates members of Congress in the effort of improving public policy and programs that will as their website states, “foster independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.” Finally, the CCD is able to foster change through the encouragement of individuals with disabilities and their families in advocating for themselves. The CCDs vision is an “American society in which all individuals, aided by an enabling government, have the freedom and opportunity to exercise individual decisions concerning their own lives, welfare and personal dignity.” The CCD works to create…...

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