Illawarra Advocacy’s mission is to recognise, support and defend the rights, dignity, choice and individuality of people with disability.
Illawarra advocacy is a not-for-profit, federally funded organisation that is governed by a Board of Management and employs a small number of staff. Our employees are professional advocates that offer our clients issue based support. As Illawarra Advocacy does not charge for its services, it is able to offer independent advocacy that is free from any conflict of interest concerns.
Illawarra Advocacy has continuously provided its advocacy services to people with disability in the Illawarra region since 1989. Since 2010, Illawarra Advocacy placed an increased focus on its Individual Advocacy Program. In 2014, it was decided by the Board of Management that Illawarra Advocacy would solely focus its resources on the Individual Advocacy Program. Illawarra Advocacy has found that this model of advocacy is the most effective and efficient form to reach the most number of positive outcomes for people with disability in the region.
In early 2017 Illawarra Advocacy was approved by the DSS to also provide advocacy to people with disability who reside in the Shoalhaven region.
Illawarra Advocacy Upholds and promotes:
- Respect for the inherent dignity, independence and autonomy of people with disability
- Full, effective participation and inclusion in society
- Respect for difference and diversity
- Equality of opportunity
- Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disability and respect for the right of children with disability to preserve their identities
- Active partnerships between services and people with disability, and where appropriate, their families, friends and carers