The purpose of disability advocates is to help the disabled by advocating for them or doing it for themselves. Disability is termed as such when there is impairment affecting mental, physical and sensory capabilities of a person and their daily life in general.
Disability advocates stand for the rights of their clients being the disabled population. Disability advocates either do it for free or work to be paid. Advocacy services are of different types which includes self advocacy, group advocacy, systemic advocacy, individual advocacy, and citizen advocacy.
In this category, the disabled person stands and 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.
Citizen advocacy happens when a disabled person needs representation and the community offers up a person who volunteers to do it.
This happens when there is system following legislation, practices and policies in the fighting for the rights of the disabled.
There are certain specific roles of the disability advocates which are provision of information to disabled people about what rights they have and how to know when those rights are infringed, helping in the negotiation process when the infringement of those has occurred to enforce them, 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.
It is important to make the right choice in the disability advocate by looking if they poses certain skills as; communication and support for the disabled, running good campaigns which are effective and efficient, negotiation skills, in their advocacy they apply the human rights approach, have understanding, and operate together with having an understanding of the law.
There are many benefits of disability advocacy which include, safety, employment, health, income and education.
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.