Advocacy Stories

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Jack and Bill’s story

Jack is a gay man with a learning disability who needed advocacy support to express his views and access appropriate support around his sexuality. Speak Out introduced Jack to a … Read more


Jenny’s story – Choice and control

Jenny is autistic and she has complex needs. She has very limited speech and uses some gestures to communicate. For the past 6 years Jenny has been living in residential … Read more


Alan and Simon – an advocacy partnership

Alan and Simon have been in an advocacy partnership for 8 years.  Alan has very high support needs, with limited speech and uses his own signing.  He also has a … Read more

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Carole’s story – being a parent

Carole is a single mum with mild learning disabilities.  She lives independently with her two young children and has no direct support from adult social care. Carole is devoted to … Read more


Ben’s story – Getting work

Ben is a man in his 50’s with a mild learning disability. He is a member of a self advocacy group that meets every fortnight at Speak Out. Members talk … Read more