Citizen Advocacy Get Together in Omaha

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In September, we traveled to a Citizen Advocacy Get Together in Omaha, Nebraska to celebrate the life of the late Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger who first came up with the idea of Citizen Advocacy in 1970. Dr. Wolfensberger was considered to be a leading expert in the field of mental retardation and had a huge influence over the way modern medical and social service practices have evolved and are set up today. He came up with the Citizen Advocacy model as a way of offering protection to people with disabilities who may not have family or close friends looking out and speaking up for his or her best interests. There are only a few states and places in the world that have active Citizen Advocacy programs today: Nebraska, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Canada, and Australia. Georgia was well represented at the Get Together, with all 5 offices present (Chatham-Savannah, Macon-Bibb, Athens-Clark, the Oconee Area, and Atlanta-DeKalb.) As two new coordinators, we absorbed a lot of the reflection on the Citizen Advocacy Movement from some living history holders and people who have carried the work and the stories over the last 40 years.

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Jeanette Waddell representing our office

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Tom Doody of North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy

Touring Dr. Wolfensberger’s Collection at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

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Margaret Wolfensberger

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Moira Mumma of Citizen Advocacy Chester County