KenCrest serves thousands of people with disabilities directly, but we speak up for all people with disabilities. We believe that the barriers between and among people are creations of human nature. We advocate for the needs of people with disabilities and for the elimination of labels that separate people.
As part of our advocacy, KenCrest has become an active member and leader in a number of local, state, and national organizations that are passionate campaigners for people with disabilities. Membership in groups such as these gives KenCrest stronger voice and more direct entrée to the people who are passing laws and making policies that directly affect those we serve. On our own, we would not be as effective.
Some of our best advocacy resources are:
People First Language KenCrest also advocates by personally modeling ways to value and dignify people with intellectual disabilities and autism. The everyday language we use is one simple but powerful reflection of our attitudes about others. Our language is a small thing that carries a profound impact. The words we choose can be hurtful or affirming – most of the time without even realizing the messages we might be sending. KenCrest has published a guide for ways to change how we make others feel by choosing our words more carefully. The concept is called People First Language.
Lutheran Services in America LSA is the largest network of human service provider agencies in the country. Their 300+ members serve one in every 50 Americans in one way or another. The members of LSA commit billions of dollars every year to the provision of services to people in need.
Lutheran Services in America – Disability Network. LSA-DN is a national network of agencies whose primary mission is serving people with developmental disabilities. Their perspective is national, while their understanding is person by person.
The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities. A comprehensive study published annually by the University of Colorado under the guidance of Dr. David Braddock of the university’s Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. This book provides state-by-state demographic trends, statistical analysis, and budgetary information about people with developmental disabilities.
The Pennsylvania Waiting List Campaign. A group working directly on the futures of those with developmental disabilities who need services but are not able to get into the programs they need.
WHYY Focus on Ability videos. KenCrest created these videos collaboratively with WHYY public television in Philadelphia to depict the ability and dignity of the people of our mission.
Giving Voice Advocacy Fund . On December 7, 2016, over 150 of Bill's former colleagues, donors, and friends of the former KenCrest CEO gathered to celebrate his 35 years of service. The event supported the newly announced “Giving Voice Advocacy Fund” in Honor of William J. Nolan. The proceeds from the event served to fund the newly formed Giving Voice Advocacy Fund, created in honor of Bill Nolan for the purpose of continuing Bill’s lifelong mission of advocacy for all individuals and their families to have every opportunity to live well in their communities and have productive lives without compromise.
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