Living with dementia

Enabling the vulnerable to advocate for themselves

Enabling vulnerable people to advocate for themselves is one of the goals of a five-year road map for the social service sector launched in 2017.
Enabling vulnerable people to advocate for themselves is one of the goals of a five-year road map for the social service sector launched in 2017.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

A national movement to get vulnerable people - such as those with dementia or intellectual disabilities - to speak up for themselves and advocate for change in policy or services is under way.

More than 130 people, comprising patients and caregivers from three charities here, have been trained in self-advocacy skills in the past few years. Some have given public talks or interviews.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 24, 2020, with the headline 'Enabling the vulnerable to advocate for themselves'. Print Edition | Subscribe