Advocacy at its Best
To support continued efforts to provide all of the individuals it serves a healthy and supportive environment so that they can lead purposeful and meaningful lives, Innovations created the Innovations Advocacy Council. Individuals in services live in various residential settings that provide individualized support system that allows for self-advocacy and opportunity. The Advocacy Council is Innovations' way of ensuring that these goals are upheld and that individuals are represented in every aspect of Innovations management and decision making. By providing an outlet for assistance in advocacy issues, Innovations is upholding its standards of listening, supporting, encouraging, caring, and building relationships to enrich and broaden each individual’s goals and potential.
The Innovations Advocacy Council’s mission is to support and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to maintain full and independent lives. The Innovations Advocacy Council will work toward strengthening bonds in the community and its interaction with individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as advocating for individuals with disabilities within Innovations and governing agencies.
The Advocacy Council Goals
Consisting of members from the community, providers, individuals in services, and Innovations staff, the Advocacy Council was created as a resource for the individuals who Innovations serves. The Advocacy Council meets once a month at Innovations to discuss any topics that arise, as well as addressing advocacy issues that affect people with development disabilities as a whole. The Advocacy Council is present at various community functions that promote the advocacy of the disabled, such as Alliance Day at the State Capital as well as hosting various advocacy events like Spread the Word to End the Word events and Fall Formal Dances. The Advocacy Council’s ultimate goal is to provide an impartial resource for individuals to advocate for their rights and opinions.
Innovations Advocacy Council Brochures and Publications
The Innovations Advocacy Council has worked to create several brochures that address topics that are important to individuals in services.