The disability advocates stand for the disabled which can be either other people or themselves. A person is termed as disabled when there is impairment of the sensory, physical and mental capabilities which usually affects their daily life.
The main focus of disability advocates is to protect the rights of the group they represent. The advocates are either paid for their services or offer to do it for free. There are many different types of advocacy that they do which are; individual, group, self, citizen and systemic advocacy.
This type of advocacy is seen when the disabled person represents themselves.
Group advocacy involves advocacy done for a group of people who are affected by disability or suffering from it.
Individual advocacy involves an approach that is usually one on one for the individual affected to address various issues and is normally done by a professional advocate.
This type of advocacy is done at community level in which they volunteer an advocate to stand for the disabled person.
This happens when there is system following legislation, practices and policies in the fighting for the rights of the disabled.
Some of the ways the advocates give out their services is when; they assist in the creation and raising awareness to other people or organizations touching on disability on behalf of the disabled, they have a hand in helping the government when it comes to issues that are involving people with disabilities, they help campaign for change and awareness to various media platforms and also raise the alarm in the instances where the disabled are not treated well, provision of information to disabled people about what rights they have and how to know when those rights are infringed, and helping in the negotiation process when the infringement of those has occurred to enforce them.
The skills to look for in an advocate includes; in their advocacy they apply the human rights approach, have understanding, and operate together with having an understanding of the law, communication and support for the disabled, running good campaigns which are effective and efficient, and negotiation skills.
Disability advocacy has many benefits which are employment, safety , education, health and income.
The safety of other disabled people is guaranteed as awareness is created on the same on what rights they have to protect themselves against unfairness and being discriminated.
Employment and income generation is another aspect that has been promoted by the advocates as they fight for the involved and a certain percentage to be set apart for the disabled to fill in all fields of work.
education is made possible when the advocates advocate for their clients’ education and create awareness on the same.
Through the help of the disability advocates, the health care of the disabled has greatly improved.
Hiring a disability advocate is proving to more beneficial in helping protect the rights of the disabled.