Advocacy and Learning Disability by Barry Gray, Robin Jackson

By Barry Gray, Robin Jackson

Advocacy is a seriously very important point within the improvement of potent providers with a studying incapacity. it's visible via many because the serious hyperlink among idea and perform in making a really inclusive society. this article offers an in-depth exam of the historic, criminal and philosophical contexts during which advocacy prone have built. the type of expert and useful matters and difficulties confronting these operating and utilizing advocacy providers are mentioned, and the position of advocacy is tested. Chapters masking advocacy with households and with individuals with verbal exchange problems are integrated to include details for practitioners. A survey of the improvement of advocacy providers within the US, Canada, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand offers a global standpoint.

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What follows here are a selection of substantive dimensions of integrity that advocates might find useful to examine. In each instance, a proposition and justification are made for its inclusion as a possible aspect of desirable integrity. To the more broadly read observer, it will become immediately clear that these recommendations are hardly novel, as they have arisen in countless instances in the past in relation to integrity. This is not unexpected. While formalised human service advocacy may be novel, the question of human integrity is decidedly not.

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Certainly black people have been suspicious of the ability of white people to advocate for them. Jackie Downer, a black self-advocate, takes issue with the view that a white researcher is a suitable person to seek out and represent the perspectives and experiences of black families with members with learning difficulties, arguing that black families have so much experience of being marginalised or ignored they will be suspicious of such an overture (personal communication). However, the risks of fragmentation are great if it is accepted that only black women, for example, can adequately represent the views of people like them.

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