Advocacy - Finding Your Way

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Advocacy

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Despite legislation and convention supporting the rights of people with disability, you may encounter occasions when you believe that something is not happening in the best interests of your family member with disability. If this occurs you can seek assistance from an Advocate. Anyone can provide advocacy, it may be a friend or family member. They may attend a meeting with you as a support person to make you feel more at ease, or to help you remember an important point to raise, or take notes about what was discussed in the meeting.
You can also access a Professional Advocate. You can expect a Professional Advocate to know and understand your rights and have access to supporting documentation. You may want them to come with you when you meet others to discuss services or issues concerning you and your family member with disability. You may want some information to enable you to make an informed decision about the rights of your family member with disability.
If for any reason you are unable to advocate at any time on your own behalf (for your child or family member with disability) you can ask a Professional Advocate to take over the role, working with you at first to understand the issues of concern and determining options and then with your consent presenting your case.
Advocates are non-judgmental and unless a request is illegal, will support your case, always working in the best interests of the person with disability. Professional Advocates are not mediators. A Professional Advocate is working at your direction, they are your representative, conveying your voice, and at all times enabling the rights of the person with disability.

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