Individual rights advocate

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An Individual rights advocate is an advocate "to protect the legal and human rights of individuals with disabilities."[1][2] United States law provides for advocates to protect the legal rights of persons with disabilities.[3] This advocacy can be life-changing:

Over the last 25 years, disability rights advocacy has played a crucial role in broadening the concept of disability and of what people with disabilities can accomplish. This advocacy has been instrumental in shaping new images of people with disabilities. In emphasizing individual independence and empowerment since the beginning of the disability rights movement in the early 1970s, advocates have tried to show that people with disabilities are a vital part of society and have the right to participate fully in it.

— Emily Powell [4]

There are some writers who feel that "only individuals have rights," rather than groups.[5][6]

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  1. ^ US Department of Education website. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  2. ^ PAIR Program website. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  3. ^ 29 U.S.C.A. § 794e, found at The Legal Information Institute (LII) of the Cornell Law School website. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Emily Powell, "Disability Advocates: Looking Beyond Individual Rights," The Advocate's Forum, June, 1995, Vol. 1, No.3, found at SSA Publications website. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  5. ^ New York Times op-ed. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  6. ^ See also BRIEF AMICI CURIAE,, for Grutter v. Bollinger, at 14, found at University of New Mexico website. Retrieved September 24, 2008.