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 / non English Speaking 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.
MDAA AGM and 20 Year Celebrations 4 November 2015
The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association held our Annual General Meeting(AGM) and proudly celebrated our 20 year anniversary on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at St Marks hall in Granville.
Guest speakers included, The Honourable Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, Ms Julia Finn MP, Member for Granville, Uncle Greg, Welcome to Country and Mr Chris Opert, NDIA.
MDAA launched its Strategic Directions 2015-2018 with the help of Dr Geoff Lee who also presented tokens of appeciation and recognition to: MDAA Governance Committee members, previous staff members, current longstanding staff members and MDAA volunteers.
To read more: MDAA AGM and 20 Year Celebrations
To commemorate this aupicious occasion a booklet was developed documenting MDAA's 20 year history. To read more : MDAA's 20 year History booklet
MDAA cultural abilities
Providing quality training and consultancy services to the human services sector
BRINGING NDIS TO CALD COMMUNITIES IN 2016 -
New Training Calendar!!
From July this year in NSW, the biggest change in the disability sector - NDIS individualised funding - becomes a reality with full national roll-out of the scheme is due to be completed by 2018-19.
MDAA is offering three workshops aimed at preparing your organisation for the changes that NDIS will bring and to support you to tap into the CALD market.
For more information /www.mdaa.org.au/training2/84-cultural-abilities
Learn new SKILLS at Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
Computer Basics Skills start Thursday 26 May
English Language Skills classes. Enrolments close Wed 25 May or when class is full
For more information and to enrol: Skills@MDAA flyer
Department of Social Services
Submission National Disability Employment Framework
Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2015
The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s: sex, disability, race, age, sexual preference, criminal record, trade union activity, political opinion, religion or social origin (in employment only). For more information visit: www.humanrights.gov.au
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has set up the WWDA Youth Network to focus on girls and young women with all types of disabilities. For more information: http://youth.wwda.org.au/
MDAA South East Sydney office has relocated to:
Building 2, Level 4,
7-11 The Avenue, Hurstville NSW 2220
Contact us South East Sydney
MDAA Newcastle office has relocated to:
2A Platt St Waratah NSW 2298
Phone/Fax: 02 49602577
Contact us Newcastle
MDAA Wollongong office has relocated to:
24 Kenny St Wollongong NSW 2500
Contact us Wollongong