Self-advocacy is speaking up for yourself about what you need in order to help create positive change in your life.
To know what you can self-advocate for a good starting off point is understanding your Human Rights. These are a set of guidelines detailing the rights and freedoms of all human beings. The most relevant to common self-advocacy scenarios are listed below:
If you’d like to know more about your Human Rights they can be found at: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations
It’s important to acknowledge that if you aren’t an Australian citizen or permanent resident you may not be in a position to successfully self-advocate due to limitations around what is accessible to you. If you are uncertain about whether you have self-advocacy options available to you there are some great service options to have a conversation with:
Hevi is a woman in her mid-30’s living with her young daughter in a small town. A few years ago she was involved in a car accident which left her in a wheelchair. This led to some very difficult years for Hevi and her daughter, having to adjust to some big changes in their lives. With the help of her health professionals, Hevi made a successful application to the NDIS.
For the last two years she has received financial assistance to pay for the support and therapeutic services she needs. Unfortunately in the last few months Hevi has noticed the service she employs to provide her with support work each day is not as good as it used to be. She is getting a different support worker every few days, they are often late, and her attempts to speak to someone about her concern hasn’t improved the situation.
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TASC National services the geographical areas highlighted in orange (see map below) with advocates located in offices in Toowoomba, Ipswich, Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and the Cherbourg region.
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