The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) is the peak body for all people in NSW with disability and their families and carers, with a particular focus on those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD )/ non English Speaking (NES) background with disability.
Our Vision is a society where everyone, regardless of background or disability feels welcome, included and supported. MDAA views culture and disability through the lens of diversity. We see diversity as a strength and we promote this view in all our work. We want to make our vision a reality. Over the next five years we will be focussing on three major goals set out in this Strategic Directions document. The details of how we achieve these goals and measure our success will be set out in the Strategic Plan. The major goals are Empowered People, Leading Change and Strengthening MDAA. MDAA works towards achieving these goals through Systemic and Individual Advocacy, Capacity Building and Networking, Industry Development and Training. International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
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What We Do
At MDAA Inc. we provide a range of advocacy services and projects for ALL people in NSW, who have a disability and their families and carers, with a particular focus on those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) / non-English speaking(NES) background with disability, and service providers in NSW.
Individual Advocacy – assists people to stand up for their rights, for example, when people have problems with housing, immigration, school, work and disability services.
Systemic Advocacy – works towards positive change in policies, procedures, practices and service delivery in government and non-government agencies.
Advocacy Development – offers community information days, training and information sessions for people from CALD/NESB with disability and their families and carers.
Industry Development – assists disability services across NSW to become more culturally competent and assists ethnic community services to understand and respond better to people with disability.
NDIS Pre-Planning – supports people to attain the life they want through their own individual planning as a strategy to get ready for the NDIS
NDIS Appeals Support – assist people who want to appeal decisions by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and provides support for people to understand their rights under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
NDIS Support Coordination– provides support for NDIS participants to understand and implement their NDIS Plan. MDAA’s Support Coordinators provide person-centered and rights based approach to assist NDIS Participants to gain confidence and capacity to exercise genuine choice and control.
Small Stone – creating opportunities for real inclusion and active participation of young people with disability in the community
Community Voices – uses the skills and expertise of people from a CALD/NESB with disability and family members trained to educate and raise awareness about the diversity of the community.
Counselling/Support – Information Advocacy project – Supports people to be more independent at home and in the community. The project supports people from 18 to 65 years of age with disability and carers who live in Western Sydney District (Auburn, Blacktown City, Holroyd, Parramatta City and The Hills).
Training, Research & Consultancy – We provide training in cultural competence and disability rights through MDAA Cultural Abilities (RTO). We conduct cultural competence audits and provide advice on diversity management on a fee for service basis. We develop a range of resources and tools .
Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships Project – A peer education project in prevention of violence and abuse particularly against women with disability.
NDIS Community Information and Promotion Project – Building the capacity of people from CALD/NESB with disability to understand the rights, improve access and to exercise choice and control over their lives, particularly with the changes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) brings.
- Intake Lines 9891 6400 or 1800 629 072.
- No age limit
- Consumer consent
- Consumer name, contact number, and issue
- Do not need to be on Disability Support Pension