People with a learning disability sometimes find it difficult to tell other people what they think and what they want. This is especially true for people who do not use words to communicate.
Advocacy helps people speak up for themselves or in some cases speaks on their behalf and in their best interest.
Advocates are independent and help their advocacy partners gain more control over their lives and understand the choices available to them.
The first priority of an advocate is to listen to their advocacy partner and other important people in their lives to find out what and who are important to them.
What outcomes do advocates aim to achieve:
- Helping people get out and about and involved in the local community if they wish.
- Ensuring they have access to relevant support and services and that their individual needs are put first in order to achieve this.
- Ensuring that people are involved in decisions about their lives while recognising that this will sometimes involve taking risks.
- Ensuring that people are not discriminated against, harmed or exploited because of their disabilities.
- Encouraging everyone to see the person behind the disability.
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What an Advocacy Partner has said:
“She’s great, she helps me tell other people what I want and speaks up for me if there’s a problem. We also go out lots of places – I really look forward to going out and seeing new things. She’s my friend – we have lots of fun.”