The mission of Citizen Advocacy Athens Clarke (CAAC) is to establish relationships in the Athens community that offer protection and advocacy to people with developmental disabilities who are at risk of neglect, abuse, and social isolation.
CAAC establishes one to one personal relationships between a person with a disability and someone who lives a valued life in the community. CAAC engages in a thoughtful process to specifically match the two people and support their relationship in ways that enrich their lives and enhance the community.
Citizen Advocacy is based on strong ideas.
We believe that all of us, whether or not we have a disability, have the same basic needs and rights.
The dignity of every human being deserves respect.
We demonstrate respect through our actions and words.
People with disabilities are vulnerable, especially when they are excluded from ordinary community life.
The actions of one ordinary person can make a difference.
We all depend on relationships to assure the quality of our own lives. All of us have personal gifts to share
Participation by everyone in community life enriches us all.
"It is the law of human life as certain as gravity: to live fully, we must learn to use things and love people, not love things and use people."