A group picture of the Uniting for Change Leadership Collective self-advocates taken at the October retreat in 2019. Everyone is smiling and raising their fists ready to rise up and speak out.

who we are

A group of headshots of the Uniting for Change Leadership Collective

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.

we value

Being people first

Making our own decisions

Believing in us as people

Having others believe in us as people

Principles of self-advocacy

Empowerment

Equal Opportunity

Learning & Living Together 

Institutions are Bad for People

Non-labeling

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“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

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“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

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“The change that we have is already united. We are united. We make a huge difference, and we make changes.” 

- Nandi Isaac

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“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

What has U4C

meant to you?

 Our Partners 

Uniting for Change is proud to collaborate and partner with other organizations who share our goal of expanding self-advocacy in Georgia. Thank you for listening to and learning from self-advocates and working with us to grow our self-advocacy network.
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