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Advocacy, Empowerment and Independent Living

Many sites on the Internet support advocy and empowerment! Strong advocacy skills are essential to enable a consumer or a family member to get the kinds of services, funding and mobility devices that they need. Empowerment is the sense that "I can (with support) ask for what I need, use the laws to get what is fair and right and take the steps necessary to accomplish my goals." Use these links to learn more...

Many other sections in the Community Living section of WheelchairNet have information about the laws and support organization that are specific to a certain life situation like special education, employment or public access. Don't forget to use those resources too.


  • President Bush announces new Freedom Intitiative - to provide better access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities.
  • Check the latest news in the disability rights movement at Justice for All. Click on Archives.



  • AbleProject - provide a network that empowers people with disabilities to find and obtain mobility and assistive products that support them in living a more independent life.
  • Best Corporate Change Resources - some resources here may help with understanding change.
  • Enabled Online - a resource for connecting people with disabilities.
  • emPOWER - a charities consortium of users of prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs and electronic assistive technology and campaigns for a ‘national look’ based on individual needs.
  • Empowerment Zone - helping individuals and communities achieve self actualization and full citizenship. A great text only site with information in the area of politics, civil rights, education, housing, independent living, etc.
  • Empowerment Resources - tools for personal growth, social change, and ecology.

  • Independent Living Centers
  • Disability and Self-Help Organizations

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    Last Updated: 3-2-2006

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