Advocacy is providing factual, nonpartisan information on an issue with the public or a legislator without mentioning a specific bill or asking them to vote in a certain way. It is a strategy that can be effective for educating people about brain injury, ensuring that services and programs best fit the survivor’s needs and for developing partnerships.
An advocate is a person who pleads the case of another or argues for a cause. The same definition applies if you take on the role of self-advocate to plead your own case, which is speaking up and speaking out for your rights.
This tip card explains the goals of advocacy and describes in detail the roles and responsibilities of advocates. It also lists tips and strategies for each type of advocate.