Advocacy is the process of standing along side individuals to ensure that people are able to speak out, to express their views and uphold their rights.
Our Advocacy is
Independent Individual Advocacy is having someone to work alongside you when you think you have been treated unfairly or you are seeking a solution to a specific problem or issue. We do this by:
- Listening and consulting
- Providing current information on services and resources
- Pointing towards appropriate agencies and services Encouraging and supporting self advocacy
- Promoting the contribution and potential of people with disabilities Lobbying for positive change
Advocacy is not
- Taking over a client’s life or their issue
- Making decisions for people
- Reinforcing feelings of helplessness or dependence
- Providing mediation or counselling
Provide non-legal advocacy to people with disabilities who have serious or urgent problems Focus on people who are most vulnerable who cannot access other services Use Action Plans to ensure that the client’s issue is understood by everyone and the actions agreed with everyone Publish a quarterly newsletter Welcome feedback about your experience with PWdWA.
Our advocacy services are available to any person with a disability, you do not have to be a member to access advocacy. Members who contact our office for advocacy will go through the same referral process as anyone else wishing to get advocacy services.
All the advocacy that PWdWA does is informed by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.