Sometimes a family needs support to attend a meeting, write a letter, or to speak with someone about a difficult issue. In these situations you can invite a relative or friend to help give support, or speak on the family’s behalf. MEIS encourages families getting the support they need and are happy for them to use a support person or advocate whenever they wish.

Details about Advocacy Services are available here or in the reception and foyer of MEIS.

Sources of advocacy and information include:

·       Disability Advocacy finder on the Department of Social Services website

·       Disability Advocacy Network Australia Ltd

(DANA) supports advocacy for people with disabilities in connection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

·       Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (Vic)

·       Family Advocacy

Family Advocacy works with families to promote and defend the rights and interests of people with developmental disability

·       Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services (IDEAS) or 1800 029 904

·       Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA)

or 1800 629 072

the peak body for all people in NSW with disability and their families and carers, with a particular focus on those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) / non English Speaking (NES) background with disability.

·       NSW Council for Intellectual Disability

·       People with Disability Australia

·       Resourcing Inclusive Communities

·       Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

·       Centrelink Home Page

·       NSW Ombudsman

·       National Disability Insurance Agency or 1800 800 110

·       NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission or 1800 035 544