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Demography, Population, and Ecology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology


The types of advocacy projects your group chooses will contribute to its reputation in the community. Since your group is likely to address many issues over a long time, its reputation is key to success. The following guidelines have emerged as characteristic of many successful advocacy organizations. This list is by no means complete, but it may serve as a basis for healthy community involvement.


community participation and independent living, leadership, rural, disability


Reprinted by the Research and Training Center on Disabiity in Rural Communities with permission from Consumer Involvement In Advocacy Organizations, Vol I: Monitoring and Reporting Events, Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas. For more information or to order this publication, contact the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL), BCR, 4089 Dole, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045; (785) 864-4095 voice/TT.