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Advocate for Persons with Disabilities:

 If you find it challenging to understand your treatment or care needed or find it hard speaking up, there are independent people who can act as a spokesperson for you. They make sure you are heard and your well-being is protected: they are called advocates.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to:

  • Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them

  • Defend and safeguard their rights

  • Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives

 

For example, they can help you:

  • understand the care and treatment process

  • talk about how you feel about your care

  • make decisions

  • challenge decisions about your care and treatment if you do not agree with them

  • stand up for your rights

 

They can write letters for you and attend meetings with you.

Advocates will support you during:

  • assessments

  • care and treatment planning

 

Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/advocate-persons-disabilities.aspx for further information about The Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.

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