Citizen Advocacy

Ordinary people doing ordinary things of extraordinary importance


A citizen advocate is a valued and competent citizen who freely chooses to enter a relationship with a person with a disability, called a protégé, to understand, respond to and represent the protégé's interests as if they were their own. Advocates should be unpaid and free from conflict of interest.

Citizen Advocacy programmes recruit, orient and match people with disability with advocates and support these relationships over time.


Introduction to citizen advocacy

Network contacts

Articles, discussions and policy documents

Citizen Advocacy board manual


This is a site of the Citizen Advocacy Network, maintained by Brian Martin, It has not been updated since mid 2007.

Thanks to Sandra Kalms for preparing text for the site.