Advocacy Organisations

Advocacy is speaking, acting or writing with minimal conflict of interest on behalf of the interests of a disadvantaged person or group, in order to promote, protect and defend the welfare of and justice for either the person or group.

Approaches to disability advocacy can be categorised into six broad models:

  • Citizen advocacy: matches people with disability with volunteers.
  • Family advocacy: helps parents and family members advocate on behalf of the person with
    disability for a particular issue.
  • Individual advocacy: upholds the rights of individual people with disability by working on
    discrimination, abuse and neglect.
  • Legal advocacy: upholds the rights and interests of individual people with disability by
    addressing the legal aspects of discrimination, abuse and neglect.
  • Self advocacy: supports people with disability to advocate for themselves, or as a group.
  • Systemic advocacy: seeks to remove barriers and address discrimination to ensure the rights
    of people with disability.

Following is a list of Victorian Advocacy Organisations:

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