Advocacy is the process of helping someone to express what they want to say. An advocate may support someone else to get their views across, or someone may decide to become a self-advocate and learn to express what they want to say themselves.
Sometimes I sit there bursting into tears and I can't say what I want to say.
For the parents of someone with a learning disability, an advocate may be able to offer useful, independent advice and support at a number of stages. This might be during the statementing process, while getting a carer's assessment or choosing a school for their child. If your child has special educational needs, you can also get support and advice about their education from the Parent Partnership Service in England, or SNAP in Wales.