VOICE stands for Value Of Implementing Consumer Empowerment. Our slogan is “Giving Individuals with Disabilities a VOICE.” A consumer is a person with a disability.
VOICE is a disability support, education, social, and information group for individuals with disabilities and families who have disabled member (s). VOICE is also open to rehabilitation providers, therapists, counselors, social workers, or anyone else who is interested. Anyone with any type of disabilities (s) or challenge (s) are welcome.
VOICE generally has around 10 (or so) individuals who come out each meeting to participate in our regular meetings. VOICE is always looking for new persons who are interested in participating…that might be you. Feel free to contact us to learn more about the meetings and VOICE social activities held throughout the year.
The meetings give individuals with disabilities and their families a forum to exchange information, gain knowledge about related issues, improve self-esteem and personal empowerment, and to promote advocacy skills for each participant.
The VOICE Newsletter is posted online at this site, emailed to our email distribution list and mailed via the post office to everyone on our mailing list on the first of the month.
How can you join VOICE?
VOICE welcomes all individuals to come and participate regardless of your disability or circumstances! The best way to get a feel for the group is to come to a meeting. If it is the right place for you great – if not maybe there is another group that will better fit your needs. You will not know unless you give it a shot.
Do not have a disability, but would still like to assist the group? VOICE is always looking for volunteers to assist at our regular meetings and at our activities throughout the year. Join the ranks of the Occupational Therapy Students at Midwestern University. Please contact us if you are interested. We would love to talk to you about how you can add to the group.
When is the Monthly VOICE Meeting?
On the second Thursday of every even month from 2 to 4pm. Sometimes the meeting is scheduled elsewhere because of an activity. Be sure to check the Newsletter when posted online to be sure before you come!
The meetings are held at the Glendale office of ABIL, located at 6829 North 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301. Remember sometimes because of an activity the meeting is held elsewhere – be sure to check the newsletter for the final word.
VOICE Mission Statement and Philosophies
Our Mission Statement is boldly and blatently borrowed (with permission) from Upward Motions (Randy Werner’s disability company):
“VOICE, as a support organization, works to Empower all individuals with disabilities by showing compassion, respect, understanding and encouragement, and by offering direction and support. We are dedicated to working along side of and being a resource for individuals with disabilities.”
VOICE has four driving philosophies:
- First: to bring together a team of individuals comprised of consumers and professionals with a wide variety of knowledge regarding disability issues and available assistance.
- Second: to benefit from the power of community-level organizations as well as the strengths and resources of each participant.
- Third: to provide an excellent resource for those who want to manage their disability-related needs in the most independent way possible.
- Fourth: to create and provide a safe and friendly environment for individuals to hear and learn about disability services, resources and opportunities.
The VOICE organization was started in the fall of 1993 and has been meeting since that time.