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The Center for Disability Rights Changed My Life

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

I'm writing this blog post to highlight an organization near and dear to my heart. They are very important to me personally and emotionally. When I was living at Monroe Community Hospital, the Center for Disability Rights was there for me. They helped me advocate for my civil rights when I was transitioning back into the community. Their mission is to advocate for the integration, independence, and civil rights of Disabled People. The advocacy issues they focus on include Community Based Services, Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws, Access to Voting, Communications Access, Promoting Access to Public Transit, Accessible, Affordable, Integrated Housing, and Opposing Physician Assisted Suicide. You can find more information here:

Since 1998, CDR has been recognized as an Independent Living Center by the National Council on Independent Living, making CDR part of a national network of Independent Living Centers that provide non-residential and non-medical services. CDR uses a peer model where people with disabilities show other people with disabilities how to live independently and advocate for themselves. The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. continues to be a unique fusion of advocacy and supportive services:

They helped shape me into the person I am today. They helped me develop my identity as a proud Disabled American. I have done work within the community because of the support of CDR. They are about uplifting and centering the most marginalized in our society. I am forever grateful for the opportunities presented to me because of CDR. They helped me gain my confidence and skills.

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