Media Advocacy

Most people get their information and often form opinions based on reports from the news media—newspapers, television and radio.  Successful advocacy groups know how to work with the media to deliver their messages and educate members of their communities, as well as policy makers and key decision makers.  Marie Yeager, an Emmy Award winning television news producer and communications consultant, will help workshop participants learn to use media to attain your goals.

 

Lobbying Rules for Non-Profits

Lobbying is not only legal – it’s one of the most effective ways for nonprofits to advance their missions.  Whether to influence the state’s budget, protect Medicaid, or pass or block new laws, there are many reasons that 501(c)(3) public charities may choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals.  Federal law allows 501(c)(3) public charities to lobby with generous limits.  Nationally recognized experts, Alliance for Justice presents Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits.

 

Community Organizing

An interview with two community organizers on how they got started in community organizing and their successes in advocating around accessibility issues.  They will provide you with tips of what worked and what were the barriers they faces as community organizers.  Community Organizing is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

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Express Talk: Passing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Moving it Forward

Hear how the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed and how it changed our society and how it changed the way individuals with disabilities are perceived in our society today.  Learn from the experts how you can advocate for your rights using the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Express Talk: Passing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Moving it Forward is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Videos and documents related to, Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People may be viewed here.

 

The Breaking Barriers video was produced through a collaborative project of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and Manos Unidas, and was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

Breaking Barriers Part 1

Rompiendo Barreras (Breaking Barriers) is an intimate dialogue about disabilities as it affects Latino families. Moderated by members of the mental health team at Disability Rights Network of PA, in Part One two mothers and a provider discuss the barriers encountered in trying to find appropriate services for their children, the stigma associated with having a disability and the language associated with it, and the establishment of the support group Tocando Puertas (Knocking on Doors). Resources in Adams County are identified for individuals in need of help or who want more information.


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Breaking Barriers Part 2

In Part Two of Rompiendo Barreras the moderators and participants discuss in greater depth the challenges they have faced in addressing their needs and how they have been able to overcome the barriers. This discussion touches more intimately upon the lived stories of adversity, acceptance and triumph.

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Grant Writing 101

Get answers to the questions you have about grant writing.  C. Lu Conser, MPH, presents on what you need to know to start applying for a grant; how to build a relationship with funders; how to effectively communicate when applying for a grant; and how to start looking for funders locally.

 

Social Media for Advocacy

Learn how to use social media tools effectively to get your message out and enhance your current advocacy strategies.  What social media tools are there?  How do I incorporate social media with my advocacy strategy?  How do I know if my social media strategy is effective?  Get answers to these questions and more.

 

The link below takes you to a video just released about Dennis Huculiak, son of DRN Board Member Mary Ohl.  It’s short but sends a good message about the community and one individual’s life in it.  Dennis’s journey was not made alone and many people made it possible.  Mary and Dennis are all about inclusion and living your dream.

We hope you enjoy this very inspirational video and please share with anyone you wish.

Thank you.

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How to Prepare For and What to Expect at an IEP Meeting

Get advice and practical suggestions from experienced DRN attorneys to make your IEP meeting more productive and successful.  Learn how to prepare for an IEP meeting, what documents to have in advance, and what issues to be sure to discuss with school officials concerning your family member’s education program.  Download this hour-long podcast to your computer, Ipod, or other MP3 player and listen at your convenience.

You may also find the following DRN publications helpful –

IDEA Regs and Chapter 14 Side-by-Side Comparison (PDE – 9/19/08)

How to be a Good Advocate for Your Child:  Tips for Parents

Developing the Special Education Program

Developing New Era IEPs for Students With Disabilities:  Toolkit

When is Your Child Entitled to Therapies or Other Related Services From Your School District?

Transition to Adult Life for Students With Disabilities

IEP Faciliation Fact Sheet

IEP Faciliation Request Form

Procedural Safeguards – Options for Resolving Disputes Between Parents and School Districts

Assistive Technology for Students With Disabilities

The Special Education ConsultLine, a publication of the Pa Department of Education

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Now available:  “New Laws That Impact People With Disabilities

Learn about several new laws and regulations that affect the lives of persons with disabilities, including all of the important changes made as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.  Other subjects discussed include the federal Mental Health Parity Act, Pennsylvania’s autism insurance bill, and regulations concerning the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Download this podcast to your computer, Ipod, or other MP3 player and listen at your convenience.  To get this podcast, as well as helpful related publications, simply visit DRN’s web site at www.drnpa.org and click on the “Podcasts” link.

You may also find the following DRN publications helpful –

Summary of Major Changes Created by ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Outline of The Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act

The ADA Amendments Act

Combatting Employment Discrimination Through the Americans with Disabilities Act

Summary re Autism Insurance Act

The Coverage of Autism Services in Pennsylvania – A Fact Sheet

Family and Medical Leave Act

Summary of Mental Health Parity Act

 

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Now available:  “Substituted Decision-making”

When is a guardian appropriate to assist a family member make a medical decision?  Are there alternatives to guardianship?  When is it appropriate to obtain a power of attorney?  Listen as two DRN attorneys discuss these and other issues related to substituted decision-making.  You can also access at no cost helpful publications that provide more detailed information and assistance.

Download this podcast to your computer, Ipod, or other MP3 player and listen at your convenience. To get this podcast, as well as helpful publications about substituted decision-making and many other subjects, visit DRN’s web site at www.drnpa.org and click on the “Publications” and “Podcasts” links.

You may also find the following DRN publications helpful –

Guardianship in Pennsylvania

Power of Attorney

Act 169 of 2006

Consent for Medical Treatment by Individuals with Mental Retardation

The DRN podcast series is made possible by the generous support of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

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Now available:  Legal Advocacy as a Tool for Social Change

On March 19, 2009, the Disability Rights Network sponsored a day-long conference to discuss “Legal Advocacy as a Tool for Social Change.”  More than 40 consumers and advocates gathered to hear presentations and provide their own ideas on how best to achieve social change to benefit persons with disabilities.

The three presentations have been converted into podcasts in order to allow more persons to hear some of the issues that were discussed.

“Legal Advocacy & Social Change – A Historical Change” (0:33)

In this presentation, DRN Legal Director Mark Murphy provided a brief history of legal advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities, discussed some lessons that can be drawn from social change movements outside of the disability area, and identified barriers to using legal advocacy to achieve social change for persons with disabilities.

“Legal Advocacy & Social Change – The National View and What It Means for Pennsylvania” (1:02)

In this presentation, long-time disability rights lawyer Steve Gold discussed the issues disability activists around the country are working on to achieve social change and the lessons that can be applied by those seeking social change in Pennsylvania.

“The Elements of Successful Legal Advocacy to Achieve Social Change – It’s Not Just About the Lawsuit” (1:00)

In this presentation, DRN Chief Executive Officer Ilene Shane and DRN Policy Director Linda Anthony discuss how to develop a campaign to seek social change and identify the different elements of a successful campaign, including political action, using the media, and coalition building.

DRN’s conference on “Legal Advocacy as a Tool for Social Change” was made possible by the generous support of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.