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Community Action Coalition

Program Name: Citizen Advocacy, a division of Community Action Coalition

Services offered:
One-to-one Advocacy Relationships between citizens with developmental disabilities (of all ages) and other community members.

Web Page:

Primary contact person:
Robin A. Day-Laporte
Telephone number: 608-246-4730 Ext. 223  /  Mobile: 608-212-6786
Email address:

Years in service: 30 years

Hours of operation: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday

Size of staff: 1 Full-time Coordinator (paid), 6-12 Advisory Committee Members (volunteer)

Average cost of service is: No cost.

Funded by: United Way Dane County, CSGB - Community Services Block Grant, Private Donations from Community Members.

Average length of service is: Long-term relationships. Average length of a Citizen Advocacy Relationship is 13 years.

Intake procedure is: A total of 2-5 meetings between Citizen Advocacy Coordinator and individual who needs an Advocate. Meetings in a diversity of settings (home, school, workplace, community) and with a diversity of people in the individual's life (family, friends, neighbors, community members, support staff).

Target population is: Individuals with developmental disabilities, all ages (birth and on), living in Dane County.

Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Developmental Disability - any age
  • Living in Dane County
  • At risk for social exclusion/isolation
  • In need of a Community Partner/Advocate for advocate, friendship and/or community integration.

Other: Work in collaboration with many Dane County service agencies, as well as community groups to recruit individuals with DD in need of an advocate, as well as community members to serve as citizen Advocates.

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