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Advocacy in Disability Policy: Parents and Consumers as Advocates

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This research paper gives a good insight into advocacy by parents and consumers. It is based on a survey of 43 participants in an advocacy training program. The paper identifies major themes in relation to supports for advocates: empowerment, networking and attitude. It also discusses barriers to effective advocacy. The authors found that advocacy training had a significant impact on various aspects of participants' lives, not just those aspects related to disability. They stress the importance of understanding the impact of support strategies and barriers when taking on an advocacy role. Keywords: Advocacy, Families

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Cunconan-Lahr, R & Brotherson, MJ
Mental Retardation, Vol. 34, No.6
Publication Date
1 December 1996
Advocacy, Families
United States

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