Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard in the decisions that affect their life. Advocacy aims to increase a person’s control over goods, services and quality of life; to develop a sense of empowerment and of being valued as an individual. Advocacy focuses on the needs, wishes and rights, including protection of confidentiality, of that person.
The word advocacy comes from Latin and means “to be called to stand beside”.
Advocacy involves standing beside someone and supporting them. Advocacy seeks a satisfactory outcome for a person, so as to enhance their rights and dignity. It has a connotation of change, challenging what is unfair, unjust and wrong.
Advocacy has been described as “functioning (speaking, acting, writing) with minimum conflict of interest on behalf of the sincerely perceived interests of a person or group, in order to promote, protect or defend the welfare of, and justice for, either individuals or groups, in a fashion which strives to be emphatic and vigorous”.(Professor Wolfensberger, Adelaide 1992, quote in Cross J and Zeni L (1993) Safeguarding Advocacy for People with Disabilities in Australia, Disability Advisory Council of Australia).
Adacas provides help and support to people with disabilities, the elderly and their carers.
Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard in the decisions that affect their life. Advocacy aims to increase a person’s control over goods, services and quality of life
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