Bridgewell is committed to promoting the human service sector and increasing funding and opportunities for those in our care. Through our relationships with advocacy and trade organizations, we advocate to increase civic engagement, build relationships with public officials and gain support from legislators.
We forward various advocacy agendas related to Bridgewell’s mission by encouraging letter writing, petition signing, attending rallies and contacting public officials to our staff, families and guardians and those who support Bridgewell.
Bridgewell Voice Heard
Additionally, Bridgewell connects people with possibilities while supporting and encouraging individuals to use their voices and be their own self-advocates.
Bridgewell Advocates is a group established to educate and energize individuals about self-advocacy. The group meets monthly to discuss current topics influencing the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Dianna Lopilato and Elmer “Skip” Marshall, served by Bridgewell, are members of the state wide self-advocacy group Mass Advocates Standing Strong and were voted as the 2012 Secretary and Treasurer of the Northeast regional chapter.
Bridgewell Advocates have participated in many formal trainings including an abuse prevention course as part of the state-wide Awareness and Action program; the Explore, Prepare, Act program for community based employment; the Self-Advocacy Leadership Series; and lastly Impact: Ability physical self-defense course which focuses on abuse intolerance.
Pictured above: Dianna, Skip and fellow Bridgewell Advocate Florence Durkee also attended the National SABE (Self Advocates Being Empowered) Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.