TAPS’ Disability Advocacy Project provides legal advice and support to economically disadvantaged persons applying for Persons With Disability (PWD) status. The Disability Advocacy Project delivers a well-coordinated training and support initiative to volunteer advocates – in the interest of reducing the wait for individuals seeking advocacy services.
The Volunteer Disability Advocacy Program (VDAP) currently relies on dedicated volunteers. Prior to engaging in advocacy work, volunteers attend a three part training program delivered by TAPS Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project Coordinator that reviews the PWD process, legislation, and professional standards of advocacy. The training program also includes observation sessions with current advocates in order to see advocacy skills and methods in action. Advocates are provided a training manual which includes all the materials relevant to advocacy for the PWD form.
If you are interested in becoming a VDAP volunteer, please call the TAPS office at 250-361-3521 and ask for Kim.