who we are
Self-Advocates in Uniting for Change speak up about what is important, make choices that matter, and pursue their dreams. This network is led by a group of committed self-advocacy leaders who guide Uniting for Change’s advocacy efforts.
The U4C Leadership Collective is ever-changing based on who is interested in giving their time and ideas to the network as a whole. These Leadership Collective Members mentor, teach, and work to grow self-advocacy across the state through committees.
Self-advocates are supported by allies who believe in, advocate with, and support the self-advocacy movement.
Being people first
Making our own decisions
Believing in us as people
Having others believe in us as people
Principles of self-advocacy
Learning & Living Together
Institutions are Bad for People
“An organization founded and ran by self-advocates and supporters - who have lived it and who are wanting to come together and train others on how to stand up for themselves and become the person they want to be.”
- Marian Jackson
“Uniting for Change is a statewide self-advocacy network committed to advocating, organizing, showing up, and being heard, voicing our opinions and letting our voices be heard.”
- Brad King
“The change that we have is already united. We are united. We make a huge difference, and we make changes.”
- Nandi Isaac
“Doing things to give back to our community and helping out people that need our help.”
- Ratiel Shepherd
"Great way to meet people!"
- Laura Owen
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