Advocacy

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006.

www.un.org
National Disability Services NSW NDS

The National Industry Association for non-government disability services. NDS's purpose is to equip and enable its members to provide quality services and life opportunities for Australians with disability. This is achieved by influencing governments at all levels and providing members with information and advice, networking opportunities and business support.

www.nds.org.au
National Disability Services NSW

The NSW Division of the National Industry Association representing non-government disability services.

www.nds.org.au/nsw
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Every Australian Counts campaign to introduce a National Disability Insurance Scheme. www.ndis.org.au
National Companion Card

The Australian Governments - National Companion Card scheme enables eligible people with disability to participate at venues and activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their attendant carer.

www.companioncard.gov.au
Children and Families

Children With Disability Australia The national peak body which represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability and their families. Educate national public policy-makers and the broader community and advocate on behalf of the needs of children and young people with disability. Inform children and young people with disability, families and care givers about their rights and entitlements to services and support.

www.cda.org.au
Association for Children with a Disability NSW

Providing information and support to families of children or young adults with any type of disability across NSW.

www.acd.org.au
Raising Children Network

The Australian Parenting website on-line resource for the parents of children with disabilities on health and other issues.

www.raisingchildren.net.au
Better Start for Children with Disability initiative

The Department of Social Services (DSS) Better Start for Children with Disability initiative aims to assist eligible children with developmental disabilities to access funding for early treatment, diagnostic and management services.

www.dss.gov.au
Education NSW

Department of Education and Communities Information on Schools, sport, Tafe, Children and Youth, Aboriginal Communities and links to Schools NSW.

www.dec.nsw.gov.au
NSW Public Schools Information

Includes information on finding a school, enrolments, and important dates and events. Information on Disability programs and resources.

www.schools.nsw.edu.au
School Student Special Transport Scheme

Transport Scheme for Students with Disabilities.

education.nsw.gov.au
Disability Studies and Research Institute

The Disability Studies and Research Institute (DSaRI) undertakes research into and education about disability issues from a social perspective and promotes public debate associated with the social dimensions of disability.

www.eldis.org
Get Ready for Study & Work

They aim to help people with a disability prepare and plan for future study and employment.

www.uws.edu.au
Learning and Disability Support

New South Wales Access to support for students with a disability in NSW

www.dec.nsw.gov.au
Learning and Disability Support

Queensland Access to support for students with a disability in Queensland

education.qld.gov.au
Learning and Disability Support

Victoria Access to support for students with a disability in Victoria

www.education.vic.gov.au
Learning and Disability Support

Western Australia Access to support for students with a disability in Western Australia

www.det.wa.edu.au
Learning and Disability Support

South Australia Access to support for students with a disability in South Australia

www.decd.sa.gov.au
Learning and Disability Support

Northern Territory Access to support for students with a disability in the Northern Territory

education.nt.gov.au
Learning and Disability Support

Tasmania Access to support for students with a disability in Tasmania

www.education.tas.gov.au
Employment Disability Employment Australia

The peak industry body for Australia's Disability Employment Services (DES). Represents the interests of members at a national level to government and other stakeholders. Supports members to achieve best practice service provision in their role to find employment outcomes for people with disability.

www.disabilityemployment.org.au
Australian Network on Disability (AND)

A not-for-profit organisation resourced by its members to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. AND provides expert advice and services on disability to employers, Government representatives and industry bodies. AND creates opportunities of mutual benefit for people with disability and organisations, facilitates an employer network on disability for mutual learning and information sharing, helps organisations become compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992).

www.and.org.au
Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services provide improved services for job seekers with disability, injury, or health condition, their families and carers, and employers. Disability Employment Services are organisations contracted by the Australian Government (through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) across Australia in more than 1900 sites. www.employment.gov.au Job Services Australia Job Services Australia is the Australian Government’s national employment services system.www.employment.gov.au JobAccess Help and workplace solutions for the employment of people with disability.

www.jobaccess.gov.au
Housing Association of Consultants in Access Australia Inc.

CA Australia is a national membership-based professional association for people working to achieve accessibility of the built environment for people with a disability.

www.access.asn.au
Australian Network for Universal Housing Design

A national network of housing industry bodies, housing professionals, government professionals, designers, builders, researchers and home occupants who believe that the homes we build for today’s Australia should be fit for all of tomorrow’s Australians.

www.anuhd.org
Housing NSW Housing NSW

An agency of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). Housing NSW encompasses Public Housing, the Community Housing Division, the Home Purchase Advisory Service and the Centre for Affordable Housing. •Public Housing – Housing NSW directly manages approximately 122,000 properties. •Community Housing – Housing NSW provides more than 19,000 properties through community housing providers. •Aboriginal Housing – Housing NSW manages more than 4,300 properties on behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Office.

www.housing.nsw.gov.au
Home Modifications Australia

Home Modifications Australia (MOD.A) is the national peak and industry body that represents home modification providers for the aged and people with disabilities.

www.moda.org.au
Advocacy & Human Rights

Advocacy and Information Services Directory Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) supports advocacy and information organisations to provide free services to people with a disability, their families and carers. The Directory below will assist you to locate a funded advocacy and/or information service near you. The Table of Contents on page 2 includes hyperlinks that will take you directly to State-wide advocacy or information services, more detailed maps of each of the ADHC Regions, and lists of services in each Region. Click for the Brochure at www.adhc.nsw.gov.au Advocacy Tasmania Provides individual advocacy on behalf of clients at the request of the person, or their guardian, including disability advocacy.

www.advocacytasmania.org.au
Australian Centre for Disability Law

Promotes and protect the human and legal rights of people with disability and their supporters through legal advocacy. Provides legal advice, casework, assisting with referrals, delivery Community Legal education and undertaking law reform projects . www.disabilitylaw.org.au Complaints, Resolution and Referral Service Funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) that helps you sort out complaints about your service funded under the Commonwealth Disability Services Act, including: Disability Employment services (DES) including CRS Australia, Australian Disability Enterprises, Advocacy services.

www.crrs.org.au
Disability Advocacy Alice Springs NT

A not-for-profit association funded jointly by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the Northern Territory Department of Health (DoH). DAS provides individual and systemic advocacy services to Alice Springs and Tennant Creek within their municipal boundaries.

www.das.org.au
Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service SA

Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia Inc. facilitates the airing and resolution of disability based grievances in a manner that supports and encourages people with a disability, their carers families and associates through the provision of individual advocacy.

www.dacssa.org.au
Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)

DANA is a network of more than 60 agencies from across Australia that undertake or provide support for, individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, self advocacy, citizen advocacy, legal advocacy or family advocacy. DANA supports and strengthens independent disability advocacy agencies in their work of advocating for and with people with disabilities.

www.dana.org.au

Women with Disabilities Australia
The national peak organisation for women with disabilities in Australia. www.wwda.org.au
Family Advocacy (NSW) Services

Information and skills-based workshops and events, advocacy related support and advice and systemic advocacy for families with a child/ adult who has a developmental disability.

www.family-advocacy.com
Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service (IDAS)

Assists indigenous people with most types of disabilities, their families and carers when the person they are looking after needs help, especially if they have been unfairly treated or are confused about a big decision.

www.idas.org.au
The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA)

The peak organisation for people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) with disability, their families and carers in NSW. MDAA is the only advocacy service in NSW available specifically to people from NESB with disability.

www.mdaa.org.au
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD)

A national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation.

www.pwd.org.au
The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability. www.disabilityhotline.org

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

The only national voice advocating for the rights and interests of people from non-English speaking background (NESB) with disability, their families and carers throughout Australia.

www.neda.org.au
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations

A cross disability human rights organisation that provides a national voice for people with a disability. Membership includes National and state Disabled People’s Organisations: including Blind Citizens Australia, Brain Injury Australia, Deaf Australia, Deafness Forum, National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids, National Council on Intellectual Disability, National Ethnic Disability Alliance, Short Statured Persons of Australia, Disability Resources Centre, Disability Justice Advocacy, People with Disabilities Western Australia and Australia for All.

www.afdo.org.au
Self Advocacy Sydney Inc.

A Self Advocacy organisation run by and for people with Intellectual Disability providing formation and support to individuals and groups to promote awareness of their rights and responsibilities within the community.

www.sasinc.com.au
Side by Side Advocacy Inc.

Side By Side Advocacy advocates for people with disabilities, particularly intellectual disabilities in Northern Sydney LGA.

www.sidebysideadvocacy.org.au
The First Peoples Disability Network Australia ( formerly the Aboriginal Disability Network)

A national peak organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. The network is a federation of networks from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. It will support the development of networks in other states and territories. The network will educate the government and non-government sectors about the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and carers.

www.adnnsw.org.au
Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADN NSW)

An organisation of and for Aboriginal people with disability living in New South Wales that seeks to empower and promote the rights of Aboriginal people with disability.

www.adnnsw.org.au
Queenslanders with Disability Network

Funded by the Queensland State Government (Disability Services Queensland) to act as a Ministerial advisory body. A network of people with disability for people with a disability to provide people with disability with local, regional and state-wide links. Provides a vehicle and mechanism for people with disability to have our say – and to be heard.

www.qdn.org.au
Spot on DD

SPOT on DD is an organization of therapists who have expertise in working with people with developmental disabilities.

www.spotondd.org.au
Illawarra Advocacy
Illawarra Advocacy provides professional individual advocates who work alongside people with disability to facilitate the equal and just application of rights and responsibilities. The organisation champions the inherent dignity and inclusion of all people in society. www.illawarraadvocacy.org.au
Information Services

Disability Information and Referral Centre (DIRC)

Information on all available support and services relevant to any type of disability. DIRC will supply you with all the details you need to obtain the service you need. DIRC publishes a quarterly newsletter listing events, activities, issues and service profiles extensive information related to local, state and national disability issues. In the "Links" section it has a comprehensive list of organisations and web sites including sites that provide information about specific disabilities. www.dirc.asn.au
Nican, National Information Program The National Information Program

A national database with information on accessible accommodation services and events for people with disability (including recreation, tourism, sport and the arts) - funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

www.nican.com.au
e-bilty.com

This site aims to provide easy access and links to a range of resources, services and products of interest to people with disabilities, families, carers, health professionals and other service providers.

www.e-bility.com.au
Intellectual Disability Services Council Inc. (IDSC)

Part of the Department for Families and Communities. It does this by planning, developing, purchasing, and evaluating services for people with intellectual disability in South Australia.

www.imvs.sa.gov.au
Disability Information and Resource Centre SA
An information and referral service to the people of South Australia. www.dircsa.org.au
Independent Living Centre NSW

A leading information, education, and advisory centre for Assistive Technology and the Built Environment. Helping to inform people's choices of assistive technology by providing impartial advice and information.

www.ilcnsw.asn.au
IDEAS (Information Disability and Education Awareness Services)

Provides information for people with disability and people with age related disability, their families, carers to access and search for information that promotes their independence.

www.ideas.org.au
Accessible Arts
The peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales. Promotes and provides opportunities for people with disability. www.aarts.net.au
Health of people with disability

HealthInsite Information on health conditions. www.healthinsite.gov.au Better Health Channel Plain English fact sheets on a very wide range of health conditions and issues.

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Live wire

An online community designed just for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families.

www.livewire.org.au
Child health

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Fact sheets for parents on health issues - includes some in community languages.

www.chw.edu.au
Palliative care

Care Search An online resource of palliative care information and evidence.

www.caresearch.com.au
Palliative Care NSW

The peak body in NSW representing palliative care providers and those with an interest in palliative care.

www.palliativecarensw.org.au
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