Experiences of Disability Advocates and Self-Advocates in Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • Legislative advocacy is a prime channel for disability advocates to affect civil rights and disability-related legislation and policy that leads to improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities. To highlight the current status of disability legislative advocacy, this study examined advocacy experiences based on recent data from one state that involved 113 disability advocates and self-advocates. Analyses were conducted to examine the characteristics of advocates, the causes advocated, leadership positions, level of engagement, and frequency of engagement in the legislative advocacy process. Relations among advocates characteristics and advocacy experiences were also examined. Results revealed that individuals with disabilities mostly relied on their peers in the advocacy process, and the type of disability was associated with the causes advocated. In addition, holding a leadership position was associated with engagement in the legislative advocacy process.

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altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Landmark, L. J., Zhang, D., Ju, S., McVey, T. C., & Ji, M. Y.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Landmark, Leena J||Zhang, Dalun||Ju, Song||McVey, Timothy C||Ji, Melissa Y

publication date

  • March 2017