Advocacy is problem solving. It is a tool used within social and political systems to bring change. Change for the better rarely happens without advocacy. People with disabilities have seen major changes in laws, service systems and public attitude in recent years, because of advocacy efforts. Advocacy may be something small and simple, like a letter, a public speech, or a request for a meeting. Advocacy may be broad and sweeping, like Supreme Court litigation, or an international media splash.
DRW's advocacy is designed to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. Our focus is on systems change and building capacity for individual and group advocacy. DRW developed the seven advocacy areas, listed to the left, under counsel of people with disabilities. These guide the work we do to advance the disability rights movement.