Individual social advocacy is when the advocacy worker speaks, acts and writes on behalf of another person who is being treated unfairly, unjustly and whose human rights are being denied. The advocate is on the side of a person or people with a disabilities and no one else. They do not have conflicting interests and loyalties. They are separate from service providers and government departments.
The principles of self-advocacy underpins the essence of SUFY’s work as we enable individuals to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to speak up about issues that impact on or influence their lives. We stand beside and with vulnerable people with disability so that they can feel confident their voice is heard. Our advocacy work with individuals is often long term as we work to create positive, real and sustainable differences to each person’s well-being and lifestyle. Our work is informed by the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the principles of social advocacy.
“Speaking Up For You Inc. (SUFY) protects and defends the human rights of vulnerable people with disability through individual advocacy to address injustices and make a positive and sustainable difference to their lives”