7. Control through partnership
Dunfermline Advocacy Initiative (DAI) was founded in 1992. It brings together people who need advocates and responsible, committed people to be advocates. The advocates’ role is to get to know their ‘partners’ so that they can help them say what they want to say, and achieve what they want to achieve.
Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH) was formally constituted on May 1st 2007 and has continued as a collective advocacy group. ARGH is a group run by and for autistic adults. As such all full members including the management committee are autistic.
Since being formed ARGH has continued to work to strengthen the voice of autistic adults within Highland. We have three main aims that we strive to adhere to, both within ARGH and in our everyday lives:
Iqbal Mohammad has always wanted to do well in life. He has dreamed of having a good job, a good home – “a nice life”.
Getting a good education has always been part of this dream. Unfortunately, having Asperger’s syndrome has made this a big challenge.
When Dundee City Council decided it was important to get the views of people who used their learning disability services, they adopted a Citizen Leadership approach.
They funded Advocating Together to employ five people with learning disabilities to consult with other people with learning disabilities, and find out what was most important to people, and what services would help them most.
The work of Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers represents an excellent example of several of the principles of Citizen Leadership.
The children and young people and the staff work tirelessly together to raise awareness of young carers among services and to ensure that these services can work with young carers to support them effectively.
They are a dynamic group who have made an incredible difference to how young carers are regarded and supported.