Legal Advocacy

The Federation’s members also participate in legal advocacy on behalf of themselves and others with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our range of advocacy topics includes access to health services, access to paid work, an increased availability and accessibility of social housing, and participation in government.

We also work to eliminate bias, both explicit and implicit, against people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities at school, at work, and at home. This work includes advocating for laws that would prevent school administrations, employers, and landlords from discriminating against people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the basis of their disability.

One area of increasing focus is advocating for and protecting the interests of older people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities. As our population ages, they will have new and different needs that they did not have when they were younger. They will face an intersection of elder discrimination and disability discrimination, and both older adults and people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities are often targets for abuse.