What is disability advocacy?

Disability advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability (DARU 2016). 

DRC works in two specific areas of disability advocacy, individual advocacy and campaigns. 

Individual Advocacy

Disability advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability. This can be done in a number of ways: 

  • Standing beside people with disability by assisting them to advocate their own interests 
  • Standing behind people with disability by supporting them to represent their own interests 
  • Standing before people with disability by representing their interests.*
    • *Kevin Stone, author of the To Stand Beside: Advocacy for Inclusion Training Program. 

Campaigns

Also known as Systemic Advocacy, campaigns involve presenting the needs and views of people with a disability to government, service providers and the broader community. DRC has taken part in many campaigns over its 40-year history.  

Current Campaigns 

Transport for All – improving the accessibility of public transport for people with disabilities.

DSP & Me – a guide to applying for the Disability Support Pension to help people more easily access the scheme.  

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