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Advocacy is when someone helps you to speak up for yourself.

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An advocate can help you:

  • talk to support services, organisations and employers
  • make complaints
  • share your ideas.
A woman with disability and her advocate sitting on a couch reading a document. Around them is a symbol for ideas, a complaints document and an advocacy symbol

Advocates also give you information and advice about your rights.

When you know what your rights are, it’s easier to:

  • stand up for yourself
  • share your ideas
  • make your own choices.

This is called self-advocacy.

A woman with a fist in the air. There is a symbol for advocacy next to her

You can get help to find an advocate on the Disability Advocacy Finder website.

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