Citizen advocacy is a practice that supports people with developmental disabilities, which means the activity of understanding, responding, and representing the interests of the person through various activities while developing relationships with people at risk of social exclusion. The purpose of this study is to explore the perception of citizen advocacy through the voice of people with developmental disabilities and to propose a direction of citizen advocacy based on the their perception.
To this end, the type of perception and characteristics of each type of people with developmental disabilities about citizen advocacy were identified through the Q methodology. As a result of this study, it was categorized into type 1‘relationship-oriented daily activity type', type 2‘support-based joint activity type', type 3‘formal help-based activity type’, type 4‘formal partnership activity type'. Based on the characteristics of each type, Discussions have been made on the direction of citizen advocacy.