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Advocacy Seminars For Human & Legal Rights

By Staff | Oct 14, 2008

EMMETSBURG -Horizons Unlimited is sponsoring two free informational sessions on “Advocacy for the Human & Legal Rights of Iowans” on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The sessions will be offered to the public free of charge at the Emmetsburg VFW Hall on Main Street from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Representatives from Iowa Protection and Advocacy Services (Iowa P & A) and Horizons Unlimited will be on hand to increase awareness of the rights of the disabled and those who support them, which are referred to as advocates. Information will be shared on the rights of disabled individuals in the areas of medical treatment, employment, housing, abuse, neglect, education, denial of services and the right to the governmental process, and the right to vote.

During the sessions, representatives from the Iowa P & A will take questions from the audience and detail services available. In many instances, Iowa P & A will try to teach individuals to advocate for themselves.

“Advocacy is such a big word and one a lot of people don’t understand. It simply means the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending for any group of people or for yourself,” said Linda Carlsen, Assistant Residential, at Horizons Unlimited.

Another part of the advocacy seminars will be encouraging disabled citizens to register to vote. Voter registration and assistance will be available at the event. Carlsen wrote and received a grant for $1,185.00 from IDACTION for Horizons Unlimited to successfully register disabled citizens to vote. The funds will also be used to defray expenses for the seminar including registering people to vote and providing transportation to the polls on Nov. 4 for Horizons individuals.

For more information about the advocacy seminars, contact Linda Carlsen at Horizons Unlimited at 712-852-2211.

Horizons Unlimited is a non-profit organization that has been in the Emmetsburg area since 1966 providing residential and vocational services for nearly 90 adults with developmental, mental and/or physical disabilities. Horizons’ mission statement is “Pursuing a Better Quality of Life for People.”