According to “Supporting adults with autism: A good practice guide for NHS and local authorities (2003, individuals on the autism spectrum may need advocacy to help them with a wide range of issues. Those issues may include: access to education; transition to adulthood and adult services; access to housing; access to employment; assistance with social integration and life planning; access to health services and access to/maintaining current benefits.
According to Waltz et al (2015), self-advocacy may have several aims. “Most self-advocacy research places self-understanding, knowledge and voice as essential components. Self-understanding may include identity formation as well as developing an understanding of personal medical, educational or social challenges. Knowledge required may include legal rights, communication techniques, and information about particular systems one needs to engage with. Finally, a self-advocate must have the means to communicate their ideas, choices and wishes. In each of these areas, people may act independently or with support.”
There have been a number of research studies that have made claims about the benefits of advocacy or self-advocacy for people on the autism spectrum, or their parents or carers. For example
There have also been a number of best practice reports which have made claims about the benefits of advocacy. For example: