The Macro Change Handbook: Organizing For Advocacy - Formal Steps to Macro Change eBook

The Macro Change Handbook: Organizing For Advocacy - Formal Steps to Macro Change eBook

Al Condeluci, PhD

In his newest and fourth book on community inclusion for persons with disabilities, Al Condeluci focuses on the change process. Do you change the person who has a disability or special needs or do you change the environment? By addressing both, Condeluci explores the meaning and methods for micro and macro change. Taking a broader look at advocacy, he builds on the key concepts and theories of organizing with lots of examples of advocacy for both individual as well as systemic cultural change. This pragmatic approach to advocacy and community change is a practical handbook that will guide any advocate – family member, individual, provider or policy analyst through the "nitty-gritty" of promoting and achieving real change for persons with disabilities and the community.



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Change can be threatening, frustrating, overwhelming and costly so it’s no surprise that barriers to change come in many forms – financial, social, attitudinal, and programmatic. Condeluci provides a detailed framework for the change process and gives readers the background, information and skills needed to work toward and bring about real change at the community level. Based on over 40 years of advocacy, Condeluci is an international leader in promoting change for an inclusive community for all individuals. This book is essential for anyone in human services.

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ISBN# 9781931117814
Pages 76
Year 2015


Al Condeluci ahs been an advocate and change agent for the past 43 years. Holding an MSW and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, he is CEO of Community Living And Support Services (CLASS), a major support service agency for people with disabilities and their families in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region.

He is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Services and is the author of Interdependence: The Route to Community (1991), Beyond Difference(1996), Cultural Shifting (2002), Together is Better: Creating a community where each belongs (2008), Essence of Interdependence: Building community for everyone (2008) andSocial Capital: The Key to Macro Change (2014) along with numerous chapters and articles.

He is married with 3 children and makes his home in the Pittsburgh area. You can reach Al Condeluci at 412-848-0278 or or visit at or follow him on twitter@acondeluci


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Chapter I Introduction and Overview

Chapter II Macro Change and Advocacy

Chapter III The Change Process

Chapter IV Power: At the Core of Macro Change

Chapter V Basic Principles of Formal Macro change

Chapter VI Collective Advocacy: Organizing Others for Macro Change

Chapter VII Street Smarts

Appendix Focus questions for Change

Reference: Further readings to promote change


What is advocacy?Advocacy is about promoting a cause or position on an issue.

What is change? Change is about creating a new reality.

What is organizing? Organizing is about mobilizing people toward a common objective.

What is macro change? Getting the world to change to accommodate the individual.

Sound easy? It’s not!

This handbook is about advocating for macro change by organizing yourself or other people toward your cause.

There are many thoughts and perspectives one might take in thinking about advocacy, change and organizing. Countless books and articles have been written on the subject. This handbook, however, takes a broader look at advocacy and builds on the key concepts and theories of organizing along with the personal experiences I have had in my 43 plus years as an advocate for both individual, as well as systemic, cultural change. It weaves together the key themes that have been associated with successful advocacy, as well as explores times when the change has not been achieved.

Advocacy can happen anytime a conflict between two parties unfolds. This conflict can be caused by a difference of opinion, the denial of a service or program, or a change in understanding the issues. Needless to say, conflict is the launching pad of advocacy….

This handbook is meant to go further than the rulings of a mediator,or a judge and explores the fabric of culture and community issues that can be at the core of a dispute. This might be the assumptions, perceptions, attitudes, and stereotypes that people hold that are hard (or even impossible) to legislate or adjudicate.

It is intended to push us further when mediation or other peaceful means have failed. It is designed to allow you to not only understand the change process, but to work with the concepts and identify the key elements that lead to change.


The Macro Change Handbook

Lash Publishing, 2015

Over his long career, Al Condeluci has done a lot of profound things as a disability rights advocate. From the early years in 1970’s helping to write the definitions of independent living for the Rehabilitation Act, to the myriad of services and supports he has created with his nonprofit organization, Community Living and Support Services (CLASS). But perhaps his greatest contribution is captured in the ideas and suggestions he makes in his newest book, The Macro Change Handbook (2015, Lash and Associates Publishing, NC,

Writing in his well-known, conversational style, Condeluci explores the ins and outs of advocacy, organizing, and macro change, and this book is destined to be the new primer for the next generation of change agents. Starting with his powerful introduction, capturing a scene from “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest,” to his passionate reflections in the last chapter, “Street Smarts,” you won’t want to put this book down. With chapters on Advocacy, Change, Power, and Strategies, Condeluci weaves stories, concepts, theories, and constructs that are inspired and impassioned.

This is his 8th book going back to the groundbreaking (and award winning book), Interdependence: The Route to Community in 1991, and is the 4th in a series published by Lash Publications. As with all of these books, the royalty proceeds go to support the nonprofit he has worked for since 1973, CLASS. Indeed, a large pool of advocacy examples he uses in The Macro Change Handbook, reach back to his work with CLASS.

So if you are an organizer, social worker, rehab counselor, teacher, family member, or change agent, stop now and order this book. It is available in hard copy, or electronically and will surely energize and inspire you.

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