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Effective disability advocacy promotes, protects and supports a person’s, or group’s, full and equal human rights.

Advocates support or work on behalf of a person with disability to help them to speak out and defend their rights and interests.

There are six main models of advocacy:

  • Self advocacy
  • Family advocacy
  • Citizen advocacy
  • Individual advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
  • Systemic advocacy

While advocates work in different ways under each of these models there are some key aspects to being an advocate that apply to all.

Advocates need to:

  • listen to the person they are working with
  • find the issues that they can help them with
  • give the person information about their options for addressing the issues
  • help them to present and express their views and wishes to others
  • help them to understand and defend their rights
  • be independent and be on the side of the person with disabilities and no-one else’s. 

Advocacy Agencies who can help:

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