Schenectady ARC's Self Advocacy program was established in 2000. Self Advocates are dedicated to advocating for their rights and spreading their message to other advocates. Self Advocates volunteer time, conduct fundraisers and collection drives for causes in the community and attend trainings and conferences to better understand self advocacy. Self Advocates are also involved with Schenectady ARC’s new staff training program, helping staff to better understand how individuals with disabilities would like to be treated.
To join Schenectady ARC Speaks Out you must be a participant of services at Schenectady ARC. To join you can call the Self Advocacy Liaison at 372.1160.
Self Advocacy hosts monthly meetings that are open to all individuals and we welcome new attendees and persons interested in learning more about Self Advocacy to our meetings. Meetings are held at 214 State Street, Schenectady, NY.
What is a Self Advocate?
History of our Activism
2005 - Advocated for changing the Schenectady ARC organization name
2012 - “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to end use of the R-word
2012 - Assisted in development of the Next Chapter Book Club
2012 - Voting Project (over forty advocates registered to vote, more than twenty voted in the Presidential election)
2012 - Fundraisers for the Schenectady Cancer Foundation, victims of Hurricane Irene and our annual holiday drive for the Animal Protective Foundation
2013 - Self Advocacy groups in every day program
Each year the Self Advocacy group participates in the NYSACRA Legislative Day to keep our legislators informed of the issues and challenges facing their lives.
Currently Self Advocates are serving on Schenectady ARC committees such as the Green Committee, Aging Committee, and Membership Committee. They also participate in the new hire orientation process.