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Disability advocacy and self help

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The Victorian Government helps to promote the participation and voice of people with a disability by funding disability advocacy and self-advocacy organisations.

Advocacy

Disability advocacy is available to people with a disability if they need it. Family or carers might also request advocacy support, when appropriate.

Advocacy provides assistance and support to ensure that:

  • The rights of people with a disability are upheld as valued members of the community
  • People with a disability actively participate in decision making processes, particularly those where the outcomes impact on their lives
  • The needs and views of people with a disability are presented to government, service providers and the broader community.

The way disability advocacy works may include:

  • Acting with, or making representation on behalf of, people with a disability
  • Referrals to appropriate bodies to effect the resolution of complaints
  • Influencing policies and practices to promote fair treatment and social justice for people with a disability.

For more information, see Disability advocacy organisations.

Please refer to the Victoria State Government Health and Human Services website for more information.


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