What is Advocacy?

Traditionally, service programs have not been accustomed to dealing with siblings in an advocacy role. However, siblings truly represent the next generation of advocates for people with disabilities. Being an advocate does not mean taking on overwhelming responsibility or commitments, but it does mean:

Staying well informed
Always taking one’s brother and sister’s best interest to heart and involving them when and wherever possible
Not backing down from what you know is right
Being able to negotiate and compromise
Making your case as strong as possible by being clear and concise
Always maintaining a sense of purpose
Developing a clear vision of what you want to happen
Being persistent
Viewing the world creatively
Not being satisfied with what is, if you think things could be better
Knowing when and where to pick your battles
Enlisting the support of others
Helping your sibling develop decision making abilities
Listening to your sibling’s wishes and wants
Asking for ongoing input