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Advocacy means taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

Self advocacy is when someone takes action on their own behalf, for example when someone with autism speaks up for themselves.

Advocates include people with autism spectrum disorders, parents, carers, service providers or paid specialists.

An advocate may work on a short term or specific issue, such as an immediate crisis, or they may work with someone longer term on a range of issues.

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