Advocacy is about making sure that you as a disabled person can make your voice heard, especially when dealing with local services and the health and benefits systems.
Advocates are likely to have first-hand knowledge and experience of what you’re going through, and are well-equipped to help you get your point across. They might work with you one-to-one, or link you with a group of similar people; they might be needed for a short time of crisis, or for providing longer-term support.
Everyone’s situation is different, and the aim is always to find the best solution for each individual. We believe that every disabled person has the right to be properly heard, and to have choice and control over their lives.
“When I came across BAC and found an advocate it was everything to me. It was a difficult time in my life, for the first time I learnt that disabled people had rights. It was comforting to know that the advocate would listen to me, support me to have a voice and help find solutions. He gave me the tools to self advocate. I felt totally accepted by the other disabled people involved with BAC, no-one judged me.”
“My life has improved after advocacy support. An advocate is someone who doesn’t say no. My advocate never spoke my language but we understood each other. I had a manual wheelchair. I had problems with my hands and couldn’t push myself. My advocate got me an electric wheelchair. Its better, I have more freedom. I feel scared, embarrassed. My broken English is not as bad as I think. I can’t make phone calls to the important people, my advocate helps me.”