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Book

Advocacy and learning disability

Editors:
GRAY Barry, JACKSON Robin
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
249p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Advocacy is an important element in the development of effective services for people with learning difficulties. It is seen by many as the critical link between theory and practice in creating an inclusive society. This book presents an in depth examination of the historical, legal and philosophical contexts within which advocacy services have developed. A wide range of professional and practical issues and problems confronting those running and using advocacy services are discussed, and the broader societal role of advocacy is also examined. Also includes chapters covering advocacy with families and with people with communication difficulties. A survey of the development of advocacy services in other countries, including USA, Australia, and New Zealand provides an international perspective.

Journal article

Cloudy outlook

Author:
SIMMONS Ken
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 3.2.94, 1994, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Discusses the findings of a research study by the Bristol Advocacy Project; the aim of which was to see what citizen advocacy looks like from the inside, through looking at the ways services reacted to the involvement of advocates.

Book

Citizen advocacy: the inside view

Author:
SIMONS Ken
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
143p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Explores the direct experiences of people involved in citizen advocacy. Focuses specifically on situations involving people with learning difficulties and looks at what advocates actually do.

Journal article

Pleading the case for advocates

Author:
EATON Lynn
Journal article citation:
Search, Winter 1993, pp.14-16.
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Reports on research carried out as part of the Bristol Advocacy Project, which looked at the practical problems faced by advocates and the partners they support.

Journal article

With a little help from my friends: a report on advocacy development: 1

Author:
CROSSLEY Diana
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap, 17(1), March 1989, pp.23-24.
Publisher:
British Institute of Mental Handicap

This article describes an advocacy service carried out in a day centre.

Book

A friend in need: citizen advocacy in Britain

Authors:
RENSHAW Judy, METCALF Mike
Publisher:
University of Kent. Personal Social Services Research Unit
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
Canterbury

A brief description of advocacy schemes.

Book

Citizen advocacy: including the excluded; a report on citizen advocacy in North America

Author:
FORREST Amanda
Publisher:
Sheffield Advocacy Project
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
62p., illus, bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Sheffield
Journal article

Making the right match: advocacy in action

Author:
MORRIS P.
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 1(3), 1987, pp.8-9.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Describes the work of the Sheffield Advocacy Project.

Journal article

Speaking up about advocacy: findings from a partnership research project

Authors:
CHAPMAN Melanie, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40(1), March 2012, pp.71-80.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and your rights or speaking up for other people. There are 4 types of advocacy: self-advocacy; citizen advocacy; professional advocacy; and peer advocacy. The aim of this research project was to explore people’s understandings of advocacy and to identify gaps in advocacy provision for people with learning disabilities and their families. The study method used a partnership research approach carried out by a research team consisting of people with learning disabilities and people without learning disabilities. Four focus groups were conducted with different stakeholders: 17 people with learning disabilities; 9 family carers; 6 direct support workers; and 6 service managers and commissioners. The findings are organised under the following themes: understandings of advocacy; sources of advocacy; need for advocacy; barriers to advocacy; and other influences on advocacy. The findings show that some people are confused about the different types of advocacy. Advocacy could be improved: by having more information about what support there is; by increasing choice and control in people’s lives; by changing the way services think; and by having advocates who do not work for services and who have time to get to know a person well.

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New media advocates

Author:
MICKEL Andrew
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 20.1.11, 2011, p.24.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Multimedia advocacy for people with learning disabilities, a method developed by the Rix center is explained. Multimedia advocacy uses widely available technologies and software, such as Powerpoint and digital cameras, to help users create portfolios that explain what they are like and what they want from the outside world.

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