Advocacy Groups

Advocacy Groups across our service area work to remove roadblocks that keep people with disabilities from fully integrating in the community.  Consumers meet monthly to identify community barriers to independent living and direct ARISE’s systems change advocacy efforts to remove those obstacles. Issues discussed include barriers to integrated and accessible housing, access to transportation, healthcare, public accommodations, better pedestrian safety and much more. Consumers also advise ARISE staff about programming and services. 

To learn more about Advocacy Groups in your area, contact Nina Lutz, Director of Independent Living Services, at (315) 671-2904 or

Independent Living Skills Training 

Our Independent Living Skills Training can help you learn, improve or maintain life skills needed to live independently in the community. 

What types of skills can I learn? 

Our peer advocates will work with you to develop the skills that matter to you most. Depending on your needs, our advocates can work with you to improve your skills in: 

  • Using public transportation 
  • Maintaining housing and learning household chores 
  • Budgeting and money management 
  • Financial crisis management 
  • Effective communication and social skills 
  • Computer skills 
  • Self-advocacy 
  • Personal care and safety 
  • Requesting accommodations 

Am I eligible? 

Our Independent Living Skills Training is free and open to people of all ages who have any type of disability. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us to learn more. 

Contact Us 


Rich Wood 
Peer Advocate 
(315) 671-2927 


Jim Cronk 
Peer Advocate 
(315) 602-4930 


(315) 363-4672 


Sara Douglass
Independent Living Coordinator
(315) 604-4060