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When self-advocacy fails to secure the information, help, rights or accommodations you need, you can turn to others with more experience and influence. The justice system is the ultimate arbiter of disagreements but private attorneys and lawsuits can involve substantial cost.

Fortunately, many nonprofit organizations and agencies offer free help in various forms:

  • information, education and training about legal rights
  • technical assistance and accessible information technology regarding legislative and policy concerns
  • information and referral to community resources and services
  • investigation of reported or suspected instances of abuse or neglect
  • advocacy, legal counsel and litigation services

Advocates aren't necessarily limited to helping you with a specific problem. They can focus on meeting your perceived needs and support you in speaking up about your concerns. They can work with family, agencies and other stakeholders to keep the focus on achieving your goals and dreams.


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