Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.
Self advocacy is when someone takes action on their own behalf, for example when someone with autism speaks up for themselves. Self advocacy is a wide ranging concept. It can occur if a person has another person there to support them, such as a carer or family member.
Self advocacy can occur in order to deal with a one off issue, and may have involved some input and support from other people. Or a person may have reached a stage in their development where they are able to self advocate on numerous issues as they occur in their life.
Advocates include people with autism, parents, carers, service providers or paid specialists.
An advocate may work on a short term or specific issue, such as an immediate crisis, or they may work with someone longer term on a range of issues.
We are currently reviewing the research evidence for the use of advocacy and self advocacy for people with autism.
If you are aware of any research, or you would like to share your personal experiences of advocacy please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
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