Young Adult Advocacy Programs
Empowering young people to spread the word about Assistive Technology and local resources
What is AT Champions/Tech Champions?
These programs engage young people with disabilities to learn about activism, disability history, and local resources to help spread the word and empower their communities.
AT Champions is a 6-month long program designed to empower youth and build connections with young disabled activists in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Tech Champions is a Pennsylvania-specific program designed to empower youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in PA to build connections and learn about different accessible technologies.
Purpose of young adult advocacy programs
There is significant disengagement of members of the disability community who have historically been “othered” in our general disability communities. This disengagement is due to systemic social barriers among the assistive technology community and disability community. The purpose of these programs is to develop and implement an outreach strategy that will improve authentic engagement with assistive technology by disabled people in our communities.