What is advocacy?
At its core, disability advocacy is about promoting and protecting the human rights of people living with a disability.
Advocates work closely with people with a disability and families, to help them to speak out or fix access and discrimination issues.
Advocates help in several ways:
- Sharing human rights information
- Supporting people to uphold their rights
- Seeking solutions
- Raising awareness of problems
- Identifying discrimination
- Helping negotiate the complaints process
- Referring to legal professionals
Professionals you can trust
When you’re looking for an advocate, it’s critical to pick someone you can trust.
You’re an individual, which is why we believe a personal touch is essential. We allocate a dedicated advocate that understands you, your circumstances and your local community.
A free, independent and objective service
Advocacy is free of charge. Bendigo Health’s Carer Support Services has generously funded the disability advocacy service to support you to:
- Access the NDIS
- Prepare for your plan reviews
- Help you understand NDIS decisions
- Evaluate ‘reviewable decisions’
The advocates are independent of Lifely. Advocates act solely in your interests and help you exercise choice and control over your NDIS experience.
You can be a Lifely participant, but you don’t have to be to access the service.