Advocacy and Learning Disability by Barry Gray, Robin Jackson

By Barry Gray, Robin Jackson

Advocacy is a seriously vital point within the improvement of potent providers with a studying incapacity. it really is noticeable via many because the severe hyperlink among concept and perform in making a really inclusive society. this article offers an in-depth exam of the ancient, criminal and philosophical contexts during which advocacy providers have constructed. the type of specialist and useful matters and difficulties confronting these operating and utilizing advocacy prone are mentioned, and the function of advocacy is tested. Chapters masking advocacy with households and with individuals with communique problems are integrated to comprise details for practitioners. A survey of the advance of advocacy providers within the US, Canada, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand presents a global point of view.

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Ryan, J. with Thomas, F. (1987) The Politics of Mental Handicap. London: Free Association Books. Shearer, A. ’ In P. Mittler and V. Sinason (eds) Changing Policy and Practice for People with Learning Disabilities. London: Cassell. Stainton, T. (2000) ‘Equal citizens? ’ In L. Brigham, D. Atkinson, M. Jackson, S. Rolph and J. Walmsley (eds) Crossing Boundaries: Change and Continuity in the History of Learning Disability. Kidderminster: BILD. PRINCIPLES AND TYPES OF ADVOCACY / 37 Szivos, S. ’ In H.

This often, but not always, includes the defence of the expressed wishes of the people to be advocated for. To do this, the advocate must acknowledge that such interests exist, that they can be damaged or advanced by advocacy, and that these ought to be independently appraised if necessary. To be fair, ‘best interests’ are always difficult to keep clear, but this does not mean that they are not real and have real effects on the well-being of people. The integrity of the advocate rests on whether they feel bound to act in regard to the best interests of people.

The uncertain place self-advocacy occupies can be illustrated by three points. The first is the use of language. The slogan ‘Label Jars not People’ adopted by UK-based People First groups owes as much to normalisation/SRV, drawing as it does on deviancy theory, as it does to celebration of difference, a characteristic of most new social movements – Gay Pride, Disability Pride, and so on. 18). At present, it is hard to imagine people with learning difficulties embracing words like ‘defective’ and ‘moron’.

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