Our Principles

Advocate Independence
Each Citizen Advocacy relationship is freely given. Each citizen advocate is independent of the citizen advocacy office, of human services, and even of his/her advocacy partner’s family…loyalty is to the individual person…this allows the advocate to speak out and act with freedom and clarity.

Diversity of Relationships
The range of advocate roles and the nature of advocacy relationships are very diverse. Advocates choose, together with their partner, the direction and content of their relationship. Citizen Advocacy coordinators orient and support the advocates in these choices.

Program Independence
The Citizen Advocacy office maintains its independence from other human service organizations to help ensure that advocates will not have conflicts of interests.

Clarity of Staff Function
Citizen Advocacy coordinators do not act as advocates, and the program does not engage in other forms of advocacy. Coordinators focus exclusively on initiating and supporting matches and on organizational operations.

Positive Imagery
The advocacy office strives to be a model of positive interpretations and images of people with disabilities.