How We Define Advocacy
Advocacy is acting with and/or on behalf of an individual in the least intrusive, non-attorney manner to resolve an issue and/or to obtain a needed support and/or service. The Arc of Aurora can only provide individual advocacy to those individuals who meet Colorado’s definition of a person with a developmental disability (C.R.S. 25.5-10-202) and live in Aurora, CO.
Colorado defines a developmental disability as a “disability that is manifested before the person reaches twenty-two years of age, which constitutes a substantial disability to the affected individual, and is attributable to mental retardation or related conditions which include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other neurological conditions when such conditions result in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with mental retardation”. C.R.S. 25.5-10-202(26)(a)
What is the role of The Arc of Aurora’s individual advocates?
- To work with and/or on behalf of the individual and/or family to meet identified advocacy needs without a guarantee of the outcome.
- To provide information and resources to support the individual and/or family in making informed decision(s).
- To refer individuals and/or families, as needed, to legal, medical and other professional supports.
What you can expect from your individual advocate (individual advocate initial each in agreement):
- To be honest, respectful, and up front with you regarding your situation, rights, options, and possible solutions.
- To work collaboratively with you to identify your specific advocacy needs.
- To work collaboratively with you and/or others to define possible solutions that will help meet your advocacy needs.
- To not allow his/her own personal views and opinions to influence your advocacy support.
Getting an Advocate
If you have a developmental disability (as defined in C.R.S. 25.5-10-202), live in Aurora, and have an issue you cannot resolve on your own, contact us at 720-213-1420 and ask for an “intake for advocacy support.”