Self-advocacy is embedded in VITA’s DNA. Difference is still feared and misunderstood by many people.
In 2007, VITA initiated a self-advocate group. The group asked that the agency stop using the word ‘client’ and use the word ‘Member’ instead to identify them. We are one community with staff Members, board Members and Members who receive service.
Our advocacy group works to dispel fear, enhance understanding and eliminate stigma. We actively promote self-advocacy through the following initiatives:
￼The Rights Group meets to discuss issues regarding living with a disability and the inherent ￼rights that people with disabilities are entitled to. The Group provides direction and ￼￼consultation to VITA and reports directly through VITA’s Executive Director to the Board. Click ￼here to learn more about the group.
Some Vita members wanted to become involved in organizing activities for other self-advocates within the organization. Beginning with taking over planning for the big holiday celebration in December, the group is now taking on the organization of monthly dances and is looking at setting up other events within Vita. This group is self-directed and their activities touch the lives of many within Vita.