Advocacy and The Arc of Augusta

By definition, advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or a proposal : the act or process of advocating for something.

The Arc of Augusta provides advocacy for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities in the independent cities of Waynesboro and Staunton, in Augusta County, and in Highland County.

In our advocacy efforts we do the following:

Legislative Advocacy

We advocate in conjunction with The Arc of Virginia, other Arc chapters in Virginia, and the Virginia General Assembly for laws that benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have one-on-one discussions with our respective representatives in the state capitol and we advise and empower our grassroots networks to seek support from their elected representatives on key issues.

Education of the General Public

We seek to educate the general public and local government about what The Arc does and who we advocate for and why. It is not enough to only communicate with our membership and other chapters; we also need to develop linkages with the local communities and local government leaders to create more support and understanding of our work.