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About The Advocacy Network on Disabilities – Mission, Goals & History

Long before “collaboration” and “partnering” were buzz words, these principles were the foundation upon which The Advocacy Network on Disabilities was founded. Beginning in 1970 as a committee of South Florida’s Health Planning Council, The Advocacy Network on Disabilities is a coalition of family members; community service providers; advocates; individuals with disabilities; and other public, private and governmental organizations.

With an original focus on individuals with developmental disabilities, today the organization also provides supports and services to individuals with physical, sensory, social/emotional and other disabilities.

MISSION:  THE ADVOCACY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES champions the rights of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities by promoting inclusion, providing services, and advancing systems change.

To fulfill its mission, The Advocacy Network on Disabilities is committed to:

  • Providing quality supports and services based on your personal preferences and needs;
  • Helping you learn how the system works so you can become better able to get your own needs met;
  • Making sure decision makers are aware of your needs for additional services – and for money to fund them;
  • Bringing together and coordinating activities between and among organizations in our community working with people with disabilities;
  • Sponsoring and conducting workshops, seminars, public education, and professional development activities; and
  • Increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life through capacity building, advocacy, and promoting best practices.

The Advocacy Network on Disabilities has a proven track record of excellence. Since 1975, its funders have continuously found the organization fully compliant with programmatic, fiscal, and administrative contract requirements.

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys indicate that 96% of respondents are satisfied with the help they receive from The Advocacy Network on Disabilities.

And, in recognition of its unique organizational design, The Advocacy Network on Disabilities is the recipient of an award from the National Association of Counties (NACO).

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