Advocacy

 Advocacy

People with learning disabilities often have difficulty in communicating their wishes and feelings. They also might find it hard to understand what is being said when important decisions are being made about their lives, or be unaware of the consequences of their decisions. For most, this is where parents or other family members can help but for those with no family, advocacy services can play an important role. The idea is simple, an advocate is someone who can help a person with a leaning disability by...

  • Making sure their views, wishes and interests are heard
  • Helping to explain complex situations
  • Obtaining independent support and accurate information
  • Negotiating and resolving conflict

Anyone can act as an advocate, but the following groups may be able to give expert help, advice and assistance if you know someone with a learning disability who could benefit from having an advocate.