If you need help with advocacy it makes sense to contact one of the many organizations that work to support people with disabilities and their families.
Some organizations focus on helping people to understand and access the services and programs that are available to them. Others focus on providing resources for families and support networks. Many also work to represent the concerns of disabled people with governments and policy-makers. Joining with others links you to like-minded people who are concerns with issues that matter to you. So don’t be shy and hook up with the association that is relevant to you (some people join more than one).
British Columbia Web Links:
Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) provides services and advocacy to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Burnaby.
British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL) is a provincial body with a membership made up of not-for-profits, families, and people with disabilities. BCACL works hard to influence government at a policy level.
Family Support Institute is a network of family volunteers who provide support for other families of children with disabilities.
Family Net is an independent provincial network that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities and their families at a policy level.
PLAN is a not-for-profit that aims to help those with disabilities and their families create a safe and secure future.