Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC)

Self Advocacy Contact:

Marie-Lynn Hamilton
Individual Advocate / IL Consultant
mlh@ilrc.mb.ca

Independent Living Resource Centre
311a-393 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3B 3H6
(204)947-0194
thecentre@ilrc.mb.ca

Did you know...?

Advocacy Tips

  • Self-Advocacy DOES NOT mean you have to do it alone! Everyone needs supports to be successful
  • Before advocating for an issue, do some research. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to successfully advocate.
  • Create a plan of action
    • Who needs to be contacted?
    • How will you contact them?
    • Has anyone else experienced a similar issue?
    • Who else might be able to support you or the issue?
    • Does any legislation, regulations or policies exist that support your position?
    • When does this need to be done by?
    • How long will you wait before doing a follow-up?
  • When advocating for an issue, get as much information as possible in writing, this helps create a paper trail, and provides hard copies to refer back to if necessary
  • Save copies of any letters or emails that you send
  • Be aware that any information you send via email can easily, and sometimes accidentally, be forwarded on to other people
  • When possible, peer with people who have experienced similar issues. What barriers did they experience? What resources were useful? How were they able to resolve the issue?