Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

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

Welfare Self Serve: Empowering people with disabilities to help themselves

Advocates are all too familiar with tackling issues around entitlement within national systems such as the NDIS and Centrelink. How can we do this more efficiently while at at the same time empowering our clients to effectively advocate for themselves? This session introduces some resources to assist with the Disability Support Pension (DSP) application process.

When

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

Where

The Hall

Speakers

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.

Gillian Wilks, Director, Social Security Rights Victoria

Gillian Wilks is the Director of Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV), a state-wide community legal centre specialising in social security law and policy. Gillian has worked extensively in the community legal sector and in the TAFE and youth work fields. She holds post graduate qualifications in adult education and in evaluation.

Photo of Gillian Wilks, Director, Social Security Rights Victoria

Session Summary

Advocates are all too familiar with solving problems around entitlement within national systems such as the NDIS and Centrelink. It’s repetitive and annoying. Too often we make those quick calls and write those letters to speed up the process. But is this the most efficient use of our time? What if we did a better job of empowering our clients to effectively advocate for themselves?

In this session you will be introduced to a new approach to completing the disability support Pension application form and useful resources that support the process.