What is Advocacy?

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Advocacy is the act of supporting a particular cause for a specific desired outcome. An advocate speaks up for someone to help them get their views, opinions and concerns heard. There are many different types of advocacy, including issue based advocacy (also called crisis, short term or professional advocacy), self-advocacy, group advocacy, citizen advocacy and peer advocacy.

Independent or issue based advocacy involves a one to one short term partnership between a professional and a person dealing with a specific issue with which they need assistance. Once the issue is resolved, the advocacy relationship usually ends until it is needed again. Self-advocacy is often seen as the ideal form of advocacy. It involves individuals …more>>

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