The disability advocates stand for the disabled which can be either other people or 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. They may be paid or working on a voluntary basis. There are many different types of advocacy that they do which are; individual, group, self, citizen and systemic advocacy.
In this category, the disabled person stands and represents themselves.
This type of advocacy involves doing advocacy services for a group of people suffering from disability.
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.
In this the community volunteers a disability advocate to represent the disabled person in the community.
This happens when there is system following legislation, practices and policies in the fighting for the rights of the disabled.
Some of the ways the advocates give out their services is when; 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, provision of information to disabled people about what rights they have and how to know when those rights are infringed, and helping in the negotiation process when the infringement of those has occurred to enforce them.
Considerations to make in terms of the necessary skill set that the disability advocate must have involves; have understanding, and operate together with having an understanding of the law, communication and support for the disabled, running good campaigns which are effective and efficient, negotiation skills, and in their advocacy they apply the human rights approach.
Having a disability advocate is beneficial in; safety, education, health, employment and income.
the disabled can protect themselves from discrimination and infringement of their rights as awareness is created on it.
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.
Creation on awareness and having the right to it for the disabled has helped many of them get an education.
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.