Advocacy is a process to support and enable people express their views, and use information and services to hunt for options and take decisions. Autism advocacy ensures that people on the spectrum are able to exert their rights and command respect.
Besides autism advocacy, there are several organizations that work with differently-abled people, or those who have learning difficulties.
Here are some of the common advocacy methods.
Self-advocacy: This involves speaking for yourself and expressing your own needs.
Group advocacy: Many differently-abled people or those on the spectrum need support to speak for themselves. Working together in groups, where people share common interests, can help.
Citizen advocacy: Citizen advocates mostly work with individuals on a one-to-one basis. They speak for the differently-abled individual and get the services required to establish their rights. They represent people’s interests.
Peer advocacy: This is where an individual, who is differently-abled, advocates for someone who has the same conditions. The peer person may have the same set of abilities or may have had similar experiences in the past.
Professional advocacy: This is where professionals extend advocacy services to people on the autism spectrum or other differently-abled individuals. The professional, in this case, has the required expertise on the issues that are to be addressed.
Legal advocacy: Here, lawyers represent individuals or a group of people for litigation, judicial reviews and similar legal activities.