A citizen advocate strives to represent the interests of a person as if they were the advocate's own.
Imagine a life over which you have little control.
You have no say in where you live, who you live with or what you do each day and most of the people in your life are paid to be there.
This is the experience of many people with an intellectual disability.
Citizen Advocacy believes that enduring relationships have the best capacity to protect people with an intellectual disability from harm and provide a sense of belonging to, and connection with, their community.
Citizen Advocacy Auckland began in 1990. We establish and support one to one relationships between a person who has an intellectual disability and is vulnerable (a protégé) and a resourceful, principled citizen who is free from conflict of interest and is unpaid (an advocate).