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About ESCA

East Suburban Citizen Advocacy (ESCA) has been a small Non-Profit Organization since 1988 and has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities. ESCA networks to identify and support advocates who give a voice to the most vulnerable people with disabilities.

We focus on serving the unique needs of each individual. After spending time with a person and getting to know his or her needs, we look for individuals or groups in the community with the appropriate skills, interests, and qualities to be advocates. We introduce people to each other and provide ongoing support to the relationships. Our advocates represent the best interests of the person with the disability with as much vigor and concern as he or she would act on their own behalf. Some examples of advocacy situations we have experience in is the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, IDD/Autism Waiver system process, Early Intervention, Abusive situations, Legal Guardian, Rep-payees, and Transitional age resources. Our advocacy efforts remain FREE to those who need them.

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Who we serve:

East Suburban Citizen Advocacy grew out of the cares and concerns of parents who have children with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or other challenges that have been present since birth or childhood. Our advocates serve people in every age group.  Our area of coverage is Westmoreland County and Eastern part of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania.

**Volunteering as a citizen advocate focuses on building relationships to enhance the lives of those in need. How you can make a difference and help people with disabilities feel welcome in your community.

  1. I will treat others how I would like to be treated
  2. I will speak directly to the person and give the individual time to process and respond if needed.
  3. I will offer to shake hands when introduced to a person with a disability.
  4. I will place myself at eye level when talking to someone who used a wheelchair, crutches, or a walker when possible.
  5. I will include the person with a developmental in conversations when with a group.
  6. I will treat adults with developmental disabilities as adults and the age that they are.
  7. I will get the attention of someone who is hearing impaired by lightly tapping their elbow or shoulder.
  8. I will look directly at people while speaking clearly, slowly, and expressively incase the person can read my lips.
  9. I will carefully guide a person with visual impairments with verbal cues to help them navigate steps, curbs, escalators, or doors.

If you are interested in becoming citizen advocate, please fill out the form attached here Click here for link. or email us at escadvocacy@gmail.com

Source: Pathways Awareness Foundation www.pathwaysawareness.org.

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