With a focus on empowering the consumer to do their own advocacy, we help people build their own skills and determine their own approach to solve the problems they face. Through this approach, we help each consumer find their own voice.
The number of barriers to accessing services can sometimes be great, particularly for people with disabilities. The Advocacy Skills program is available to support consumers as they navigate through different systems and advocate for themselves.
At the Independent Living Resource Centre, we believe in supporting a consumer to do their own advocacy, rather than doing it for them. We want to encourage independent living by helping the consumer build their own skills and develop their own approach to the problems they may face.
Some of the skills that are important for living an independent life and advocating as a person with disabilities are:
- Knowing what you want and need.
- Prioritizing issues.
- Knowing your rights.
- Communicating well.
- Problem solving.
- Knowing how to assert yourself.
In the Advocacy Skills Program, we help consumers find information. We connect the consumer to the resources and services that can help with their needs. We support consumers as they sort through information. We listen and ask questions as they decide what action is best in their situation. We help consumers focus on what they know and want, rather than what others think is best for them.
As we work with consumers, we support them while they learn and strengthen the skills needed for advocacy. We want consumers to build their confidence in advocating for themselves so they can become more independent. Our goal is to guide consumers in making informed choices based on their experiences and what they want. By doing this, we help empower persons with disabilities in being their own advocates with their own voices