Advocacy is designed to help anyone who needs it, especially people who are marginalised or excluded within society or who have complex needs. This includes some people on the autism spectrum and sometimes their parents or carers.
According to “Supporting adults with autism”: A good practice guide for NHS and local authorities” (2003), most autistic people are likely to need advocacy of some kind.
“All people with ASD have impairments in social interaction, social communication and imagination. They therefore need help to express their aspirations, interpret and process information regarding their rights and to request relevant services.
“People with Asperger syndrome, because of their fluent language, and average or above average IQ level, may not appear to need access to advocacy services. This can be misleading and it is important that advocacy services are available for all people with ASD.”