One of WILS Five Core Services
WILS encourages, supports, and assists consumers to strengthen their advocacy skills through communication, letter writing and face-to-face meetings.
WILS strives to enable individuals with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights to obtain services and benefits. WILS provides advocacy for consumers on an ongoing basis. An Independent Living Specialist works closely with the consumers to instill advocacy skills that allow the consumer to become a self-advocate. WILS also works with local, state and federal entities to obtain equal access to opportunities in the community.
Becoming a self-advocate is a skill critical to independence and self advocacy starts with knowing your rights.
Don’t know where to start?
Disability Advocacy Starts by Learning About
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
- The Fair Housing Act: is a federal act in the United States intended to protect the buyer or renter of a dwelling from seller or landlord discrimination.
- The Rehabilitation Act: prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment, and in the employment practices of federal contractors.
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): is a four-part (A-D) piece of American legislation that ensures students with a disability are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that is tailored to their individual needs.
- And other civil laws as appropriate