DESSA defines advocacy as the process that involves supporting, enabling and empowering vulnerable persons to access their rights and entitlements in a safe environment based on confidentiality, trust and respect (DESSA Advocacy Position Paper, 2009).m.
Promoting and championing the rights of disabled people and families through strong advocacy.
- Deliver practical self-advocacy training to adults and to DPOs – Disabled Peoples’ Organisations.
- Build the capacity of parents of disabled children and young people to effectively speak up and access rights and entitlements on behalf of their children.
- Enable families experiencing disability to establish advocacy and peer support networks.
- Build the capacity of parents of adults accessing disability services to understand and influence policy and have a say in their service provision.