VITA Mens Sana

VITA ADVOCACY – Speaking up!


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: