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The Consumer Education Fund allows the Council to invest resources in people with disabilities and family members to enable them to attend and participate in events that reflect the "community inclusion" mission of the Council. The Council expects a return on its investment in the form of your increased knowledge about issues and a commitment, from you and others who attended, to share information with others, and to participate in community activities that will contribute to the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Many policy, procedure and program decisions affecting the lives of people with disabilities are made without the meaningful involvement of the people who are most affected by those decisions. Often they lack either the opportunity to participate or the experience which would enable their meaningful participation in such events as Board meetings of service agencies, state and national conferences where policy recommendations are developed, city council meetings, consumer advocacy meetings and training events, tax abatement hearings, zoning hearings, etc.
Through The Consumer Education Fund, people with disabilities and their families can access the information and educational events which will enable them to participate effectively in the decision making process by being involved with public agencies, service providers and consumer advocacy groups.
People with disabilities or family members can apply by filling out and returning an individual application. Public or private nonprofit organization can apply for funds through an organizational application. Hard copies of both applications are available from the Council office.