An article about Advocacy by Jen and Ken Dykes
Advocacy is enabling someone to express a thought, feeling, view, choice, decision or a desire.
Use different communications methods to discover what someone wants to convey.
Here are some communication methods.
Sign language, a different language, an alphabet board, blind/deaf sign language, loop system or a computer.
Here are a few ways of receiving and recording what someone conveys.
- Listen to words and voice tone.
- Watch body language.
- Check you have heard the message, the feelings and the desired outcome correctly.
- Writing, drawing or voice recording can enable expression.
Recording messages and feelings can enable awareness of progress.
Once an outcome is agreed ask someone to think of steps to achieve desired outcome and assist as needed.
Assist as required in the preparation for meetings.
- This could be rehearsing a speech or making notes accessible.
- Make written and spoken information accessible by using big print, less words or a voice recording.
- Repeating information may assist people with memory loss.
- Give emotional support in meetings may enable people to speak up.
- It may be necessary to be a physical voice.
There are many reasons someone may need support with finding their inner voice and being heard.
Many different people may need an advocate.
Here are just a few reasons:
- People with a hidden inner voice
- people with no physical voice
- a different accent
- a different language
- memory loss
- learning disabilities.
To sum up, no voice = no choice.