, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 281-296

Empowering people with physical disabilities through advocacy skills training

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This research was supported by a grant #GOO8006928 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas. This article was based on the dissertation of the first author submitted to the Department of Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas. Portions of these data were presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, May 1985. Tom Seekins is now research director at the Research and Training Center for Rural Disability Services in Missoula, Montana, and Bill Hopkins is now at the Department of Psychology, Auburn University. We are indebted to the members of Independence in Action of Lawrence, Kansas, for their willingness to teach us about advocacy organizations. We will always remember our friend Kalen and the many lessons he taught us about courage in life. We also thank Yolanda Suarez, R. Mark Mathews, Adrienne Paine, and Susan Elkins for their helpful comments and suggestions on earlier versions of this manuscript.