We Are Self-Advocates
All people should be valued members of their community and exercise as much control over their own lives as possible. Richmond Community Services is a part of the Self Advocacy Association of New York State and the Hudson Valley Regional Self Advocacy Association. Our local chapter, named by the self-advocates, is called Independent Familia.
The self-advocates have monthly meetings, run by the group for the group where they nominate and vote on their committee members. At the meetings, they decide on areas of focus such as creating more employment opportunities, voting, and skill development to make their collective voices heard. They lobby in Albany, speak to outside groups, write letters to politicians, and raise money to support activities.
Richmond and its generous donors provide support, including transportation and staffing, so that they can attend regional and state meetings with other self-advocates to learn about issues and receive self-advocacy training.
To learn more, contact Jeffrey Greenberg at 914-471-4173 or email@example.com.