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Disability Advocacy NSW Inc. Annual Report 2009/2010 Local advocacy support backed by a professional organisationƒƒƒƒƒƒƒDisability Advocacy NSW Incorporated Annual Report 2009/2010 DA Background Our organisation, Disability Advocacy NSW Inc (DA) was formed in early 2007 with the amalgamation of Disability Advocacy Service Hunter (DASH) - est. 1994 and Advocacy Northwest (ANW) - est. 1985. After a number of years working together, both services believed that they could provide a better quality service to more people by joining forces. Combined, both services have 35 years experience of advocating for people with a disability. Disability Advocacy NSW Inc. is located in the Hunter, New England and Mid North Coast Regions of NSW Australia and believes that people with a disability have the same rights (and responsibilities) as non-disabled people. We aim to ensure that people with a disability obtain these rights in practice by advocating with and for them. Disability Advocacy NSW is for people with: mental illness neurological disability physical brain injury sensory disability intellectual their family or carers Advocacy? Advocates seek to assist people with a disability who have been unfairly treated. (As a guideline, a person with a disability is treated unfairly if he or she is treated contrary to: law, human rights, policy, standards or well accepted conventions (such ...

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    Disability Advocacy NSW Inc.    
 
 
   Annual Report 2009/2010        
 Local advocacy support backed by a professional organisation
 
Disability Advocacy NSW Incorporated Annual Report 2009/2010
 DA Background  Our organisation, Disability Advocacy NSW Inc (DA) was formed in early 2007 with the amalgamation of Disability Advocacy Service Hunter (DASH) - est. 1994 and Advocacy Northwest (ANW) - est. 1985. After a number of years working together, both services believed that they could provide a better quality service to more people by joining forces. Combined, both services have 35 years experience of advocating for people with a disability.  Disability Advocacy NSW Inc. is located in the Hunter, New England and Mid North Coast Regions of NSW Australia and believes that people with a disability have the same rights (and responsibilities) as non-disabled people. We aim to ensure that people with a disability obtain these rights in practice by advocating with and for them.  Disability Advocacy NSW is for people with: ƒ mental illness ƒ disability neurological ƒphysical disability  ƒ injury brain ƒ sensory disability ƒintellectual disability  ƒ family or carers their    Advocacy? Advocates seek to assist people with a disability who have been unfairly treated. (As a guideline, a person with a disability is treated unfairly if he or she is treated contrary to: law, human rights, policy, standards or well accepted conventions (such as procedural fairness/natural justice).  Put another way advocacy is about 'standing by' someone, or 'speaking out' for someone's rights, or 'going in to bat' for another person - being 'on their side', especially when the chips are down. "(Ian Parsons 1994).  FaHCSIA Advocacy Definition:or writing with minimal conflict of interest onspeaking, acting behalf of the interests of a person or group, in order to promote, protect and defend the welfare of and justice for either the person or group by:  being on their side and no-one else’s  being primarily concerned with their fundamental needs  remaining loyal and accountable to them in a way which is empathetic and vigorous.  
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Disability Advocacy NSW Incorporated Annual Report 2009/2010
DA Contact Details     Hunte eRigsa t hoCoNtrioegRron n d MiRegion nElgna deN w ƒNewcastle Offic  e:ƒTamworth Off:i c eƒCoffs Harbour Off:i  ce Suite 3, Level 1, PO Box 814 Tamworth 2340 Suite 2 79 West High St 408 King St P: 02 6766 4588 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 Newcastle West F: 02 6766 4261 P: 02 6651 1159 F: 02 4927 0114 NSW 2302 tamworth@da.org.au coffsharbour@da.org.au  P: 02 4927 0111ƒArmidale Offic e :ƒTaree Offic  e:  1300 365 085 House, 24 Commerce St Ormsby Box 957 Armidale 2350 PO 0114F: 02 4927 newcastle@da.org.au P: 02 6766 4261 Taree NSW 2430  [ABN: 9398 4383 421] www.da.org.auF@ e6l3a9d6i m2r5a 5060 1240  1:Pu .arg.odaaree@da.org.au  :204 2F9  7:1200461 7t 7 ƒPort Macquarie Offi c e:  82 Hill St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 P: 02 6584 1752 F: 02 4927 0114 portmacquarie@da.org.au  
 History The organisations that amalgamated to make DA have had many years of collective experience in advocating for people with a disability.  Advocacy Northwest In 1985 a steering committee was formed and Citizens Advocacy Northwest Inc applied for funding to promote, develop and oversee citizen advocacy relationships and to increase community awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.  In 2000 the organisation changed its name to Advocacy Northwest and the program commenced using the individual advocacy model to seek justice for people with disabilities.  Disability Advocacy Service Hunter (DASH) The Disability Advocacy Service - Hunter (DASH) Inc. began with a successful tender to the then, Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health, in November 1993. Funding to establish the service through Newcastle Community Access Inc. was provided in mid 1994. DASH became separately incorporated in mid 1995 and moved into its own premises at Newcastle West in May 1996.  From 1995 to 1998 the NSW Department of Health funded DASH to run the Hunter Boarding House Project. In 1997 DASH established a new service, the Disability Infoline, a free information service for people with a disability, carers and professionals. The Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services funded DASH’s core advocacy services.  In July 2002 DASH received funds from the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care for advocacy.  In 2002 DASH and the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) working together established a new position for an individual advocate for people from a non-English speaking background. This position is based at DA.  Funding  ƒ Department of Housing, Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) & ƒ NSW Department of Human Services (ADHC) – Formerly DADHC FAHCSIA and ADHC are the main funding contributors to the service. Both FAHCSIA and ADHC have recently funded DA to increase the services it provides in rural and remote areas.  DA has also received funding support from the following organisations to assist in the operation of special projects:  ƒ Department of Corrective Services
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Disability Advocacy NSW Incorporated Annual Report 2009/2010
Operate special projects for people with a disability who are victims of crime. * Victims Compensation Manual and Training DVD for victims of crime with a cognitive disability (nearing Completion) * * Deaf and signing victims of crim project – in progress.  ƒ Legal Aid NSW *Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Project. *Hunter Legal Directory. *Law for Non Lawyers Training (with PIAC & HCLC) *Legal issues in planning for the future for carers of people with a disability (upcoming with Blake Dawson Lawyers)   Law & Justice Foundation MNC Legal Needs Analysis  ƒ Community Development and Support Expenditure (CDSE) Scheme (funding through registered clubs):  Panthers & Hexham and Beresfield Bowling Clubs funds DA volunteers expenses and equipment.   DA thanks all of these organisations for their support this year. Philosophy The service believes that people with a disability have the same rights (and responsibilities) as non-disabled people . Aim The Service aims to ensure that people with a disability obtain these rights in practice by advocating with and for them. Strategies The Service will use a combination of four strategies to meet its aim.  1.Individual Advocacy: Assisting individuals to deal with disadvantage and unfair treatment.  2.Systemic Advocacy: Assisting individuals or groups to deal with recurrent or systemic problems that relate to disability. This strategy may involve assisting people to undertake community action such as lobbying decision-makers or by using community development strategies to reduce disadvantage.  3.Community Education: Actively educate the community about disability in order to reduce disadvantage and discrimination faced by people with a disability. This strategy will promote the abilities of people with a disability.  4.nforIon:mati Provision of information services to ensure that people with a disability and those who support them have the best access to relevant information and resources.  
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Vice President Margaret Keane
Gary Kennedy
Secretary Committee
Treasurer
Disability Advocacy NSW Incorporated Annual Report 2009/2010
 Management Committee Profile
President Katherine Ross
Committee Members DA has approximately 63 members. The majority are people who have used the service with the rest being made up of interested members of the public, volunteers and staff members.
Committee
Committee Committee Committee
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