At The Advonet Group, we are able to help you to speak up about your rights and wishes. This is called self-advocacy. We have some tools to help you to get your voice heard when you are using services or not getting the support you need.

What is self-advocacy?

We can all find ourselves at some point in our lives struggling to communicate what we want, don’t want or asking for help to understand. This may be due to being in a difficult situation, having a learning disability, mental health difficulty or a language barrier. Having the knowledge and ability to self-advocate can empower people and lead to positive life changes.

Self-advocacy is being able to speak for yourself about the things that are important to you. Self-advocacy means you are able to ask for what you need and want and communicate your thoughts and feelings.

Clients who request advocacy can be empowered with the help of an advocate. However, in some circumstances, providing the support and tools to self-advocate can result in clients:

  • Understanding how they feel
  • Having the ability to make their own decisions
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Communicate their feelings
  • Achieving their goals

Self-Advocacy video

We have put together a quick video. It says:

  • What self-advocacy is
  • How it can help you
  • Where and how to use it
  • What our self-advocacy support is
  • What Leeds Autism AIM’s self-advocacy tools are

Please click on the video to watch it.

Our self-advocacy tools

We have produced a few tools to help you self-advocate. These are:

  • A self-advocacy toolkit – this has templates for complaint letters, forms and more
  • Factsheets on benefits, housing and debt advice
  • The Speak4Yourself Card – a two-sided card where you can say what you need help with and how people you speak to can support you

Our Leeds Autism AIM team have produced their own self-advocacy tools for autistic adults. You can find them at this link: Leeds Autism AIM’s self-advocacy tools.

If you have any questions or requests about our self-advocacy tools, please email us at We will get back to you within two working days.

Self-Advocacy Pack

Please click on the buttons below to download either our Self-Advocacy Pack in full or different parts of the Pack. All of them were last updated in June 2021.

We have produced video guides to using different parts of the Self-Advocacy Pack. To watch them, please go to our YouTube channel and click on the ‘Self-Advocacy Tools’ playlist.

Self-Advocacy Factsheets

Please click on the buttons below to download PDFs of each of our six factsheets.

Speak4Yourself Card

Please click on the buttons below to download a form for the Speak4Yourself Card and an example copy showing you what the card will look like.

Self-Advocacy: Your Feedback

We would like to know what you think of our self-advocacy resources. We would also like to hear from you if you have any ideas for what resources you would like us to make. If you have any thoughts, please share them by filling in the form below.

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