Advocacy involves :
- Making phone calls, enquiring, speaking on your behalf if you are unable to speak
- Addressing issues of concerns, clarifying communications and collaborating with schools to address the rights of all children when pursuing an inclusive schooling
- Attending and accompanying parents to meetings when support is needed
- Helping write letters to request change
- Creating awareness, understanding and change by sharing experiences and calling the system to accountability
- Making referrals to services that can provide help and support for addressing specific issues
- Training for Carers/parents in matters related to caring for a person with a disability
The NDIS does require participants, parents, families and all stakeholders to be able to navigate the system and have their voices heard regarding everyday decisions that impact on participant lives. Many participants need assistance to do so. What does a NDIS Plan mean? How does it work for participants? What should you consider when going through the planning process? What examples can you think of in everyday life, that have a significant impact on your participation, access and engagement with services and community? Many of these questions and others need to be put into perspective when supporting participants. It is helping participants to find their voice and express their opinions.
Advocacy helps to have that voice heard, to allow for easy-to-access communications and to provide for a smooth and seamless NDIS journey which all participants have a right to. InclusivED supports participants to advocate for themselves so that they can build their capacity to understand and self-manage their Plans.