The Family Advocacy Program
The Arc of New Jersey's Family Advocacy Program (FAP) supports family members of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in becoming personally involved with public policy. Its mission is to provide family members with the knowledge they need to become effective advocates, as well as help family members create positive change in public policy and in the state's service delivery system.
Joining the Family Advocacy Program is an ideal way for family members with limited time to get involved. It only takes about 15 minutes a month to participate.
As a member of the Family Advocacy Program you will receive:
- timely updates regarding important state and national issues that directly impact individuals with I/DD
- email Action Alerts (also known as he e-Action Network) regarding urgent issues you'll be asked to take acion on. This may include calling, emailing or writing a letter to legislators.
You are not alone in your advocacy when you are a member of the Family Advocacy Program. We support you in your advocacy every step of the way, from finding your local representatives to writing a letter.
The Family Ambassador Program
If you have a little bit more time and want to become even more involved with public policy advocacy, the Family Ambassador Program is perfect for you. After completing a short application and training you will become one of The Arc of New Jersey's Ambassadors.
Ambassadors take a more active approach to advocacy and may be asked to testify at hearings, attend meetings or interact in other ways with the Legislature, Governor's Office and Executive Officials.
The Friends Network
Effective advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities takes the combined efforts of families, self-advocates and the community. The Friends Network works alongside the Family advocacy Program to create positive changes in public policy. Whether you are a friend, caregiver, professional in the field, or just a citizen who wants to help, the Friends Network is for you.
As a member of the Friends Network, you will receive:
- updates regarding important issues taking place in New Jersey that directly impact people with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- email Action Alerts asking you to contact policymakers to weigh in on important issues. This may include making calls, or sending letters or emails.
It doesn't require alot of time to be part of the Friends Network - only about 15 minutes per month - but your help as a caring, concerned citizen can make a huge difference.
For more information about The Arc of New Jersey's Family Advocacy Program, Family Ambassadors Program or Friends Network, contact Cheryl Resnick, Coordinator of Family Advocacy and Advocacy Services by email (email@example.com) or by phone at 732.246.2525 x24.