Who are we?
A society where everyone, regardless of background or disability feels welcomed included and supported.
The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW Inc. (MDAA) advocates for the rights and interests of all people with disability and is considered the peak organisation for people from a non-English speaking (NES) /culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with disability, their families and carers in NSW.
MDAA views culture and disability through the lens of diversity. We see diversity as strength and we promote this view in all our work.
Our three year Strategic Directions 2015-2018 will focus on four major goals. MDAA’s goals and measure are set out in the Strategic Directions document which is on our website.
The major goals are:
MDAA works towards achieving these goals through Systemic and Individual Advocacy, Advocacy Development, Capacity Building and Networking, Industry Development and Training.
MDAA has seven offices: MDAA Granville (Head Office), MDAA City and Inner West, MDAA South East Sydney, MDAA Bega, MDAA Griffith, MDAA Newcastle and MDAA Wollongong.
MDAA works to:
In 1992, the Ethnic People with Disabilities Program (EPDP) of the Ethnic Child Care Family and Community Services Co-operative (ECCF&CS) initiated a forum, “Lets Speak Out Together” which brought together people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) with disability and their families/carers; ethnic, disability and generic service providers and Government representatives. A major recommendation made by the Forum was to seek appropriate funds in order to establish a state-wide advocacy service. The need for individual advocacy results from the absence of adequate information and knowledge of people from NESB with disability and their families about the human service systems due to language and cultural barriers. Additionally, the impetus for Individual Advocacy in MDAA is based on the existence of a group of people who are disadvantaged. An application for incorporation was lodged and accepted by the Department of Consumer Affairs on 5 September 1995 and Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) of NSW was formally established and became an independent organisation.
In 2015 MDAA celebrated its 20th year anniversary.
To read more.. 20 Year History of MDAA booklet
Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. He specialises in hip, knee, trauma and Osseo integration surgery. As well as being an internationally respected surgeon and humanitarian, he has helped many amputees regain their mobility. The Professor is a pioneer towards ensuring and environment where people with disability are independent and enjoy the same rights.
MDAA appreciates his commitment and we are privileged to have him as our Patron.
Joanne from Wyee Point