The role of SBAG’s Advocacy program is twofold. The program identifies and implements the Association’s systems advocacy agenda that strives to impact public policy through educating legislators and agency administrators. Additionally, the program educates SBAG’s members to become effective advocates by providing a training curriculum that includes topics such as negotiation skills, the legislative process, the A.D.A and the service delivery system. The Association seeks opportunities to build coalitions with other associations and groups with similar constituencies to address the issues facing people with disabilities today. Areas of concern include, health care, education, recreation, employment, and independent living. Parents and self-advocates take the lead role in establishing and implementing the Advocacy program of SBAG.