What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is…..

Saying what you want and need

Saying what concerns you so things get better

Standing up for your civil and human rights

Learning how to speak for yourself

Being heard and responded to 


Advocacy comes in different forms, including  self-advocacy, citizen advocacy and independent advocacy


Key Steps in Advocacy

Consult with people who use the service regarding all issues that relate to them Make decisions with rather than for people

Respect the views of others…and their right to have a view that is different to yours

Be creative in discovering what people want, particularly if people communicate without words

See people’s abilities and strengths rather than their disability and needs

Hear what people supported are saying