Self Advocacy

Self Advocacy means speaking up for yourself about the rights and responsibilities in your life. People who do so are called “Self Advocates,” and having once learned how to speak up for themselves can assist others in doing so as well.


The mission of Advocates Coming Together (ACT), the Self Advocacy organization of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, is “to be advocates for people with disabilities, offer support to our communities, and show others how valuable we are.” Consisting of approximately 20 members, ACT maintains a strong voice in decision-making at The Arc, in all areas of their daily lives, and in public policy decisions affecting them.



  • Patty Thorne, President
  • Wally Gee, Vice President
  • Laura Olyer, Secretary
  • Julia Panapinto, Treasurer


Core Values

  • Supporting The Arc
  • Giving back to our community
  • Advocating for those around us


Some ACT Accomplishments

  • Spearheading a campaign for the purchase of a “memory bench” to honor peers who have passed away
  • Annually honoring individuals buried at Craig Colony Cemetery
  • Raising money for back-to-school backpacks for children enrolled in Head Start
  • Fundraising for Mount Morris Project Kitty, to control the area’s feral cat population
  • Fundraising for Special Olympics
  • Participating in Avon Rotary’s book drive
  • Conducting agency welcome tours for all new employees
  • Participating in The Arc’s annual membership drive
  • Assisting with the agency’s annual holiday toy and food drives
  • Volunteering at the “Friends Fore Life” Golf Tournament, Ramon Rocha 5K Run/Walk, Harvest Fest, Breakfast with Santa, annual dinner, and other agency events
  • Supporting the Opening Doors Capital Campaign for KidStart
  • Hosting disability-themed programs and speakers
  • Attending the annual Western Regional Self Advocacy Conference


More Information

To learn more about Advocates Coming Together, contact Day, Community and Intake Services Coordinator Cathy Sullivan.