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What is disability advocacy?

People with disability have the same rights (and responsibilities) as other citizens - the right to be treated with respect, dignity and value in relation to their physical, emotional, educational and social well-being.

Sometimes in order to realise their rights, people with disability need or want to undertake advocacy.

The term advocacy means – “giving aid to a cause” or “an expression of support for people who may not have a voice”. 

Advocacy relates to getting fair treatment, including:

  • With government departments, disability services, other services and businesses;
  • At work, university, school or TAFE;
  • With accommodation, transport and access;
  • With legal, healthcare or money issues.

Where can a person seek assistance in terms of advocacy?

NDAP is the government service provider search engine to help you find advocacy organisations near you - www.finder.dss.gov.au/disability/ndap

Action Advocacy - www.actionadvocacy.org.au.   ACTION for People with Disability Incorporated (ACTION) provides advocacy and support for people with disability and support for their families.

Action for Community Living – www.nican.com.au/service/action-community-living  A statewide cross-disability advocacy organisation that advocates for empowerment, independence and life in the community for people with disabilities.

Association for Children with a Disability - www.acd.org.au  A support, information and advocacy group run by parents of children with a disability.

Autism Aware Association - www.autismawareness.com.au  Specifically supporting people with Autism to find a support avenue for equality.

Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission - www.hreoc.gov.au  The Commission is an independent statutory organisation and report to the federal Parliament through the Attorney-General.

Central Coast Disability Network - www.ccdn.com.au  Located on Sydney’s Central Coast this service also connects you to local advocacy support.

City and Inner West Disability Advocacy (CIWDA) - www.idrs.org.au/s32/_links/linksAdvocacy.php#.UtNEXLR5dPA  CIWDA connect you to local advocacy support.

Disability Advocacy Network Australia(DANA) - www.dana.org.au  DANA is a network of almost 70 agencies from across Australia that undertake or provide support for, individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, self advocacy, citizen advocacy, legal advocacy or family advocacy.

Disability Advocacy NSW (DA) - www.da.org.au  DA believes that people with a disability have the same rights (and responsibilities) as people who do not have a disability.

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit - www.daru.org.au  A statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation.

Downs Syndrome Australia - www.downsyndrome.org.au/advocacy  As the national voice representing people with Down syndrome and their families, advocacy is a key role for Down syndrome Australia.

Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) – www.edac.org.au  EDAC is an advocacy organisation for people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Western Australia.

Family Advocacy NSW - www.family-advocacy.com

First Peoples Disability Network Australia - www.fpdn.org.au

G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information & Communication Technologies)- g3ict.com  The G3ict is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development.

Indigenous Disability Advocacy Services – www.idas.org.au  An indigenous focused advocacy disability service.

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW – www.mdaa.org.au  Defending the rights of new Australians or people from other cultures with disability.

Side by Side Advocacy - www.sidebysideadvocacy.org.au#sthash.A1G4y7q1.dpuf  Individual and citizen-based support for equality of all people.

Villamanta - www.villamanta.org.au  A Victorian Community Legal Centre that works only on disability related legal issues.

Research on Advocacy

Australian Centre on Quality Of Life - http://www.acqol.com.au/ Statically and information based data on advocacy.

Australian Physiotherapy Association - www.physiotherapy.asn.au/DocumentsFolder/Advocacy_Position_Disability_2010.pdf

Disability Council of NSW - http://www.disabilitycouncil.nsw.gov.au  The Disability Council is the official advisory body to the NSW Government.

National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) ran by the Department of Social Services (DSS) - www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/national-disability-advocacy-program

For further information visit Disability Rights.