Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

Monday 2 September | NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

A new way of working: empowering people with disabilities to help themselves

Whilst buckling under the pressure of solving long, repetitive and annoying problems with national systems such as Centrelink and the NDIS, it is tempting to sometimes take on the problem, make those quick calls and write those letters to speed up the process of resolving a client’s issue in what seems like a revolving door of the same issue time and time again. But is it really the most effective way, long term?

Hear from leaders in the field about the work that they are doing to empower their clients to effectively advocate for themselves.

When

Monday 2nd September, 2019: 11:30am - 12:00pm

Where

The Hall

Speaker

Kerri Cassidy, Executive Officer, Disability Resource Centre

Kerri understands grassroots advocacy well, being a founding member of an Advocacy Organisation birthed on Facebook in 2010 and incorporated as a NFP in 2012. Kerri was awarded the National Disability Award for Excellence in Justice and Rights Protection in 2016 for this work. In 2017 she completed a Bachelor of Social Science, an achievement she attributes to her passion for the voices of people with disabilities to be heard and respected, and the grit she possesses through riding the roller coaster of living with MS. Kerri has spoken locally and overseas, to self-help groups, medical professionals, parliament and academics on ‘The Collaboration Imperative’ – That including consumers in the design and evaluation of medical research is an essential element.

Session Summary

Whilst buckling under the pressure of solving long, repetitive and annoying problems with national systems such as Centrelink and the NDIS, it is tempting to sometimes take on the problem, make those quick calls and write those letters to speed up the process of resolving a client’s issue in what seems like a revolving door of the same issue time and time again. But is it really the most effective way, long term?

Hear from leaders in the field about the work that they are doing to empower their clients to effectively advocate for themselves.