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By Barry Gray, Robin Jackson

Advocacy is a seriously vital point within the improvement of powerful prone with a studying incapacity. it's visible via many because the severe hyperlink among conception and perform in making a really inclusive society. this article offers an in-depth exam of the old, criminal and philosophical contexts in which advocacy companies have constructed. the type of expert and useful concerns and difficulties confronting these working and utilizing advocacy providers are mentioned, and the function of advocacy is tested. Chapters overlaying advocacy with households and with individuals with conversation problems are integrated to comprise details for practitioners. A survey of the improvement of advocacy providers within the US, Canada, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand presents a global point of view.

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126). An acceptance that citizen advocacy is the principal route to redressing devaluation accepts also that impairment is the cause of devaluation, and ignores the sociological tradition of questioning why impairment leads to disadvantage: What should concern us is the mystifying fact that so many social scientists…do not regard mental retardation as a social and cultural phenomenon. I say mystifying because nothing in the probabilistic world of social scientific reality is more certain than that mental retardation is a socio-cultural phenomenon through and through.

Advocates or advocacy groups must free themselves from conflicts of interest that would impair their ability to advocate faithfully It is almost inevitable that advocacy groups or individual advocates will find themselves in situations where the interests of other parties than those being 44 / ADVOCACY AND LEARNING DISABILITY advocated for come into conflict with those being advocated for. This may arise from ‘structural’ relationships as when advocacy groups accept controlling funding from the same system they must challenge or when the advocate has personal relationships and loyalties to parties that are involved in the situation where the people being advocated for have their dispute.

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