Quality Lives for People with Developmental Disabilities

Self-Advocacy

We Are Self-Advocates

We believe all people should be valued members of their community, and exercise as much control over their own lives as possible.

We are part of the Self Advocacy Association of New York State and the Hudson Valley Regional Self Advocacy Association; our local chapter is Open Doors.

As participants in Open Doors, we decide what issues to focus on, such as creating more employment opportunities, getting out to vote and how to gain the advocacy skills needed to make our collective voices heard. We participate in lobbying in Albany, speak to outside groups, write letters to politicians and raise money to support our activities. Richmond and its generous donors provide support including transportation and staffing so that we can attend regional and state meetings to work with other self-advocates learning about issues and receiving self-advocacy training.

To learn more, call (914) 471-4100, and ask for the Person Centered Services Department.