PEI Citizen Advocacy is a community-based non-profit organization that is all about matching volunteer advocates with Islanders who have intellectual disabilities.
Our focus here at Citizen Advocacy is to identify adults who need support, friendship, and protection. We go out and recruit volunteers from the community and we basically act as a matchmaker. We bring these people together to help them navigate the system, make sure they get access to quality services and become a friend and also a protector of their rights.– Twilah Stone, quote taken from “Mainstreet PEI with Matt Rainnie“
For decades people labeled intellectually disabled have been excluded from their communities. They have lived in special institutions, worked in special workshops, traveled in special buses, and been educated in special schools.
While attitudes are changing slowly and barriers are beginning to break down, individuals with intellectual disabilities are often not recognized as participating members of the community and are often ignored or not given the time to voice their opinion.
In their efforts to voice their thoughts, have their ideas count, and be given equal opportunities and respect, people with intellectual disabilities need community members who will provide friendship, advocacy, and support over the long term. This is what PEI Citizen Advocacy was founded for; we help to make these connections happen.