Disability advocacy shares many characteristics with social work practice. It has been described as ‘a process of working towards natural justice; listening to someone and trying to understand their point of view; finding out what makes them feel good and valued; understanding their situation and what may be stopping them from getting what they want (Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance — SIAA, 2008, p. 36). When advocacy is defined in this way there is a fit with social work principles of working alongside people to enable them to identify their own needs and determine the direction of their lives.
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