All people are very different from each other. Their needs for support are different, and may change during their life. A variety of advocacy has developed to recognise these differences:
- Case advocacy
- Self advocacy
- Peer advocacy
- Paid independent advocacy
- Citizen advocacy
- Statutory advocacy
All advocacy types are of equal value. What advocacy is used, and when, should depend on what is best suited to the person who seeks it. A single person may ask for different types of advocacy support at different times in their life.
What is common to all types of advocacy is that the person who it is for (in this instance the person with a learning disability) is always at the centre of the advocacy process. It is all about what that person wants, and finding the best way of getting that across to the people who need to know.
Advocacy can be like tools in a tool box, the different types can be used together or separately depending on the job that needs to be done.
People with learning disabilities say that being part of a self advocacy group or getting support from an advocate is a really important part of being able to take control of their lives.
Find out more about the different types of advocacy below or learn what advocacy is.