What is Self Advocacy?
Self Advocacy is the ability to communicate what it is you want, secure your rights, and represent your own interests to obtain the services you need.
With Self Advocacy you know your rights and responsibilities and are able to make choices and decisions that affect your life.
We have created a Self Advocacy Tool for you to advocate for yourself. You can download it by clicking here:
Self Advocacy is for anyone who wants to take action and knows what they want to achieve.
Tips for Self Advocacy
1. Learn about your rights and responsibilities
This can be done through looking at relevant laws and rules. You can also look on services websites and look at their policies.
2. Decide what you want to say
Think about what is important to you. Remember that you have the freedom to make basic choices about your life.
3. Plan the action you need to take
Make a list of all the actions you need to take and include any deadlines.
4. Ask for support if you need it
Sometimes you need help from other people to help secure your rights. Talk to family, friends or reach out to community groups.