Advocacy and your rights

Rights...advocacy...discrimination...self determination...lobbying. What do all these words mean? How do you stand up for your rights? Who can help you?

According to research, many of us never completely solve our problems because we don't know what to do or where to go. In this section, we've gathered together some of the best information to help you understand about rights and advocacy.

Let's start at the beginning...Learn entry in a dictionary

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard. Most people can act as advocates and use advocacy daily, for example parents listen to the needs and wishes of their children; managers respond to the views of their staff; friends stand by each other and offer support. There are different kinds of advocacy.

What are rights?

Human rights are what people need to live with dignity and enjoy freedom. All people have human rights, including all people with disabilities.

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is about being treated unfairly - maybe because of your religion, a disability, your age or lots of other reasons. You should not have to put up with this treatment just because of who you are.

Self-determination - what is this?

This means having the freedom to be in charge of your own life. It means having the resources you need to create a good life and to make responsible decisions. It also means choosing where, when, and how you get help for any problems you might have.