There are many ways to get involved with Citizen Advocacy (see FAQ – How You Can Help) but the main way is by becoming a long term Citizen Advocate to someone with intellectual disability.
By being their citizen advocate you could assist with:
- Being a powerful voice, with no conflict of interest, to represent their rights, needs and interests.
- Creating a wide range of positive experiences
- Promoting well-being with opportunities for learning and growth.
- Protecting them from neglect, exploitation and abuse.
- Acceptance and social inclusion.
- Obtaining increased power and control in their lives.
- Continuity, stability and security through a long-term freely-given relationship.
- Raised social status with broadened network of social contacts and opportunities.
- Change in community attitudes with understanding of the issues faced by people with disabilities.