Topics: Disability, Developmental disability, Down syndrome Pages: 3 (843 words) Published: August 30, 2013
Specific Population and the Advocate Role
Eissie Croyle
August 12, 2013
Kimberly Eaton

Specific Population and the Advocate Role

Individuals working within the human services field are important resources for individuals in need of his or her services. Advocates and human service workers are dedicated to helping individuals in need in a wide variety of areas from social needs to personal needs. The focus of this paper is concerning advocacy for individuals diagnosed with a mental and/or physical disabled. Working with one’s client, it is vital to establish and maintain trust as well as a relationship. In doing this will allow for the overall progression of the clients and allow for creating a bond with his or her client. This paper details how advocacy in the human service field benefits individuals who possess a disability.


According to, The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (2010) the definition of a disabled individual is defined as; someone who possesses a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Individuals who lack the capability of the function of hearing, speaking, and movement do possess a significant impact on his or her daily activities. Individuals who do not possess the ability to speak or mobility do possess great difficulty in sharing his or her thoughts and needs. In addition, individuals diagnosed with developmental intellectual disability can possess the same great difficulty as well. Each developmental intellectual disability and physical disability varies in degree with each individual and for the lack of ability to express; this is why advocates are very much needed within the human service field.


Advocacy is referred “to influencing decisions affecting the welfare or interests...

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Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. (2012). State Protection & Advocacy Systems. Retrieved August 12, 2013 18, 2012 http://transition.acf.hhs.gov
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