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 https://disabilityadvocacyfinder.dss.gov.au/disability/ndap/
· Disability Advocacy Network Australia Ltd www.advokit.org.au
(DANA) supports advocacy for people with disabilities in connection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
· Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (Vic) www.daru.org.au
· Family Advocacy www.family-advocacy.com
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) http://www.ideas.org.au/ or 1800 029 904
· Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) https://mdaa.org.au/
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 www.nswcid.org.au
· People with Disability Australia https://pwd.org.au
· Resourcing Inclusive Communities https://www.ric.org.au/
· Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission https://www.humanrights.gov.au/
· Centrelink Home Page www.centrelink.gov.au
· NSW Ombudsman www.ombo.nsw.gov.au
· National Disability Insurance Agency https://www.ndis.gov.au/ or 1800 800 110
· NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/ or 1800 035 544