Advocacy Groups

Advocacy Groups work to remove the barriers that keep people with disabilities from fully integrating in the community.

Onondaga County Groups

  • Consumer Council
    This is a group of consumers who meets monthly to identify community barriers to independent living, and direct ARISE’s systems change advocacy efforts to remove those barriers. Issues discussed include barriers to integrated and accessible housing, access to transportation, healthcare, public accommodations, better pedestrian safety, and much more. The Consumer Council also advises the agency about programming and services.
  • Public Transportation Advisory Committee
    This group of consumers works with public officials on improving services and policies of Call-A-Bus and the fixed route bus system, to create public transit that’s accessible to all in Onondaga County.
  • Residential Service Providers Group
    This is a group for human service professionals who represent local homeless shelters, transitional and supportive living programs, and other community-based independent living service providers.

Oswego County Groups

  • Self Advocacy Council
    Self advocacy is one of the most important skills any person can develop. As a member of the Self Advocacy Group, you’ll get support and guidance as you increase your ability to advocate for yourself.
  • Transportation Taskforce
    The Transportation Taskforce discusses issues related to transportation accessibility. Often, members of the transportation authority are invited to meetings to help solve problems. Becoming a member of this task force gives you the chance to improve public transportation in your community.
  • Vision Network
    The Vision Network is an advocacy group formed by a partnership between ARISE, other area agencies, and members of the community. As a member, you’ll work with others to address such issues as a curb-to-curb transportation, traffic safety, accessibility of restaurants, and community education.

Madison County Groups

  • Consumer Council
    This is a group of consumers who meets monthly to identify community barriers to independent living, and direct ARISE’s systems change advocacy efforts to remove those barriers. Issues discussed include barriers to integrated and accessible housing, access to transportation, healthcare, public accommodations, better pedestrian safety, and much more. The Consumer Council also advises the agency about programming and services.