Advocating is negotiating directly with institutions, employers or agencies on behalf of individuals or groups for whom there may be additional barriers to access opportunities. It seeks to empower the individual and foster systemic change and social justice, while understanding and respecting the client’s unique cultural and social context. For example, an Employment Consultant may advocate with an employer on behalf of a hearing-impaired client to negotiate for use of a customized headphone on the job.
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