An Introduction to Disability Advocacy

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As you will discover, disability advocacy is complex and requires a broad range of knowledge and skills.  The aim of this course is to   introduce what it takes to be an effective advocate and provide a strong foundation in advocacy practice. This course is unaccredited and is available FREE of charge.


Module 1: Types of Advocacy

Independent disability advocacy is funded by both the Victorian and Australian Governments to provide a range of advocacy support. This module explains what the different types of advocacy delivered by funded agencies are. | Duration: 40 minutes

Module 2: To Stand Beside - Disability Advocates At Work

This module looks at the skills and knowledge disability advocates use to be effective. Some practicing disability advocates from the Victorian Rural Advocacy Network (VicRAN) share their experience about the role. | Duration: 30 minutes

Module 3: The Human Rights Framework

Human rights promote dignity, equality and freedom. Human rights are protected because they are written into international, Australian and Victorian laws. This module outlines how the rights of people with disability fit into this framework. | Duration: 30 minutes

Module 4: Tools of the Trade - Introducing Legal Instruments

The legal framework is the basis of human rights protection. It is made up of many different legal instruments, including: Acts, Standards, Guidelines and Plans. All of these instruments play a role in upholding the rights of people with disability. This module does not have the scope to cover all applicable legal instruments in depth. it will, however, provide you with a solid foundation in discrimination and decision making law. | Duration: 1 hour

Module 5: Safeguards and Oversight

The protection of Human Rights is supported by government mandated safeguarding measures and oversight bodies. This module introduces what reporting obligations advocates have, and outlines the scope for complaints under the more commonly used bodies. This module concludes with our very own ‘Gogglebox’ episode where Ba Hung shares his real life story navigating the disability support system, with his advocate, Amanda Roe. | Duration: 1 hour

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