What Is Advocacy?

Image of coloured cartoon people holding handsDisability Advocacy ensures the human and legal rights of people with disabilities are promoted and protected so that people with disabilities  can fully participate in the community.

An advocate in the disability sector works to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are upheld and supports people with disabilities to make decisions affecting their lives.

Self Advocacy is when someone with a disability is supported to be able to speak up and represent themselves. There are a number of community based groups providing support and training to enable and empower people with disabilities to speak up for themselves.

Individual Advocacy is when a person Cartoon of girl standing at a cross roadswith a disability is assisted by an advocate who takes action on their behalf and in their best interests.

This can be:

  • Providing information and advice so that the person with a disability can advocate for themselves.
  • Supporting the person with a disability to take action on any matter related to discrimination.

Group Advocacy unities. Citizen Advocates are recruited, trained and supported through a community based Citizen Advocacy agency and then matched up to a person with a disability.

What do you want image of ma thinkingSystemic Advocacy Self Advocacy Sydney (SAS) Inc., are committed to ensuring that recurring problems for people with a disability are dealt with at a higher level in an attempt to stop the same problems happening to others . We try to build strong evidence based strategies to do this. However, systemic advocacy does not form the main part of SAS’s advocacy work due to limited resources.

There are a range of areas SAS is seeking to work on, however we try to strategically focus on a few urgency matters from time to time.

Click here to view our ‘What is Self Advocacy’ pamphlet

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