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 Advocacy: Reality or Rhetoric Inventory, 1999, 5 pages,

A tool that helps evaluate an independent living center's or other disability related organization's level of commitment to advocacy and systems change. 

 
 Beyond Oppression: Feeling the Movement and its Power!
, 1996,11 pages,

Makes the case that, as leaders, we must take the time to help others move from being held back and locked out by internalized oppression to moving toward adopting a rights-bearing attitude. Dealing with oppression means helping people move from destructive, depressing, internalized anger to focused, energy-enhancing, externalized anger. It means moving from passivity to activity. It means moving from identifying as a poor oppressed cripple to identifying as a person with a disability who has rights, pride, passion and power! Suggests strategies for assisting with this transition. People have to get angry and converting oppression to anger means converting anger to action and power. Also discusses how people in the movement should not inadvertently become the oppressor.

 

Building and Maintaining Relationships with Elected Officials, 1998, 19 pages,

Covers items to consider as you work to build and maintain relationships with elected representatives. Offers strategies on to how to build a profile, plan for, carry out and follow through on visits with elected officials.

 

Disability Pride: The Interrelationship of Self-Worth, Self-Empowerment, and Disability Culture, published by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Research and Training Center on Independent Living, Houston, 1993, 84 pages,

Practical and easy to use idea kit for people who facilitate advocacy training and skill building. Consists of over 20 different handouts, exercises and activities utilizing tools and techniques to assist advocacy training facilitators in helping people examine: how common stereotypes about disability influence self-image and feelings about disability; disability culture as the common experience among people with disabilities; and the importance of disability identity and pride as related to self-empowerment.

 
Identifying People Who May Be Able To Assist You
, Successful people ask for help. Tool which helps to think about identifying and recruiting specific people / mentors who may be of assistance in one's striving to achieve specific goals. See Kailes, J., (2008) Community Organizing: Ground Rules for Grass Roots Organizers, CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING Management Center & RRTC on independent living Management

 

Putting Advocacy Rhetoric Into Practice: The Role of the Independent Living Center, 32 pages, published by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Research and Training Center on Independent Living, Houston, 1988,

This monograph challenges people involved in managing Centers for Independent Living to ensure advocacy has a priority prominent position. Topics covered in detail include: why advocacy is so important; advocacy and service: the dual commitment; establishing an effective systems advocacy approach; advocacy's place in direct services; independent living networks; lobbying; need to determine advocacy priorities; development of new disability leadership; preventing or reducing the impact of burn-out; cloning; devoting significant time and resources to systems advocacy; what constitutes representative community input; who is responsible for systems advocacy; threat of co-optation; and much more! A must-read for serious board members, advocacy skill trainers, staff and volunteers of Centers for Independent Living or disability-related organizations by, for, or of people with disabilities.

Tips for Effective Goal Setting, 1997, 2 pages,

 

Value Your Time, Be Clear About Your Goals and Why You are Agreeing to Join, and Avoid Tokenism, 2002, 9 pages,

Includes hard-hitting questions to ask before you join a board, group, committee, task force, panel or advisory council, and a checklist for those behaviors that may represent tokenism in the context of being a member of any of these groups. See Kailes, J., (2008) Community Organizing: Ground Rules for Grass Roots Organizers, CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING Management Center & RRTC on independent living Management



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