A PWdWA member and advocate speaking at a PWdWA event, with a PWdWA member holding a microphone for the speaker.

Individual Advocacy

Individual advocacy safeguards the rights of individuals with disabilities, empowering them to articulate their concerns, access information, resolve issues, and identify available services and resources.

Individual Advocacy

At PWdWA an individual advocate works with you when you think you have been treated unfairly or you are looking for a solution to a specific problem or issue.

To do this we:

  • listen to you and get an understanding of your issue
  • give you information about services, supports and resources
  • talk to you about your options and help you to make your own choices
  • refer you to other organisations in the community that can better assist you
  • encourage and support you to speak up for your rights and make your own decisions

Our individual advocacy services are free and available to any person with a disability in Western Australia. Our advocacy aligns with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the U.N Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007).

What we cannot do is:

  • provide legal advice, financial advice or assessments
  • manage or coordinate services – such as finding you a house or applying for a service or benefit
  • provide personal care or support workers
  • provide mediation or counselling
  • do something for you that you or someone else is able to do
  • make decisions for you
  • investigate an organisation and make them take action

If we can’t help you, we will tell you why and refer you to another service if possible.