A citizen advocate is someone who:

  • Believes that every person’s life has inherent value and worth.
  • Holds sacred the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Believes that people with disabilities have the same needs and interests as every other member of society.
  • Understands that people with disabilities have generally been segregated, isolated, and very often abused, neglected, or at least disadvantaged.
  • Thinks that all people need something meaningful to do with their lives.
  • Is willing to make a long-term commitment to another person.
  • Chooses to stand with and for another person who might be especially vulnerable.
  • Can imagine what is possible for another person, rather than starting with perceived limitations.