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Community Disability Advocacy

Over two years, Advocacy WA and People With Disabilities WA (PWdWA) will implement a co-designed Local Disability Advocacy Network (LDAN) in the South West of WA, enabling communities to fix local problems with local solutions. LDANs will be rolled out in the South West local government areas of:

Augusta-Margaret River
Bridgetown-Greenbushes
Busselton
Harvey

For more information about this project CLICK HERE.


Business & Community Accessibility Workshops

Advocacy WA is engaging with the wider community to prepare them for future interaction with the Local Disability Advocacy Networks (LDAN).

FREE Business and Community workshops were delivered by Advocacy WA  throughout April and May 2022, and were co-hosted by local governments, chambers of commerce and community resource centres throughout the region. These sessions were targeted to the business sector and others working in customer-facing roles, as well as community members with an interest in access and inclusion.

Sessions educated people on the challenges faced by people with disability in the community, particularly those that may require support in accessing services and business offerings. Participants also learned how to:

  • Improve customer service to people with disabilities
  • Improve digital and physical accessibility of services
  • Market and communicate more effectively to people with disabilities
  • Access equipment and resources
  • Identify different types of disabilities and potential barriers

SELF-ADVOCACY WORKSHOPS

Advocacy WA is hosting a number of FREE self-advocacy workshops in the South West in 2022, to develop skills in people with disabilities, their families and carers.

To prepare people to take part in the Local Disability Advocacy Network (LDAN), we are offering a series of 5 workshops designed to build confidence in participants and help them uncover their strengths and skills.


PREPARATION FOR COMMUNITY ADVOCACY

A Series of Five, Two-Hour Workshops for People with Disabilities, their Families and Carers

1. MOVERS & SHAKERS

For people to successfully self-advocate, they first need to adopt a future-orientated mindset which fosters flexibility, adaptability and the desire and ability to take risks. In this workshop we explore how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset which helps identify roadblocks to personal and professional success and develops problem-solving capacities.

For enquiries email sara@advocacywa.org.au

2. LIVING THE DREAM

To create a successful Local Disability Advocacy Network, we need to recruit people with leadership capabilities who are able to inspire people with a vision for change. This session explores the concept of leadership and outlines the key characteristics of a leader. It also develops key skills for inspiring confidence and motivating others to achieve change.

For enquiries email sara@advocacywa.org.au

3. CAPTAIN CONFIDENCE

For a Local Disability Advocacy Network to work successfully, members need to communicate effectively with people across the community, while maintaining good relationships with others in the network. As well as exploring strategies for self-regulation and conflict resolution, this workshop will advise on how to ensure that teamwork is fun and effective.

For enquiries email sara@advocacywa.org.au

4. BUSI-BODY

To advocate successfully in the community, LDAN members need to develop a set of skills to ensure that their message is delivered effectively and professionally. This session focusses on how to manage time, lead meetings and develop networking and problem solving skills. We investigate various ways people can add value to the LDAN and wider community.

For enquiries email sara@advocacywa.org.au

5. STORYTELLING

To inspire transformative change in our society, it is important that the experiences of people with disabilities are heard by the widest possible audience. Researchers, policy makers and decision-makers particularly need to pay attention to the voices of those living with disability. In this workshop, we explore different ways of understanding and communicating our experiences.

For enquiries email sara@advocacywa.org.au

Further training will be offered to people who join the Local Disability Advocacy Network. Watch this space for more details.

Contact Advocacy WA with any questions. sara@advocacywa.org.au

9721 6444 / 0499 014 110