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If you need help with a problem related to your disability and there is no one else to support you, we may be able to assist you.

Advocacy is:

  • speaking out or helping a person to speak out for their rights
  • representing the interests of a person with a disability
  • assisting a person with a disability to access and participate in the community
  • assisting people with disabilities to resolve conflicts of interest

CCDN provides advocacy services to individuals who need help speaking out for their rights. Our service, Central Coast Advocacy Service, is committed to representing the interests of people with disability.

The Advocate can help by:

  • going to a meeting with you on your behalf
  • writing letters for you
  • making phone calls for you
  • going to court with you

You can receive assistance if:

  • you are a person with a disability
  • you live on the Central Coast of NSW
  • your disability is either physical; intellectual; sensory; an acquired brain injury; neurological; dual diagnosis; a learning disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • you have a problem related to your disability that you need assistance with.

Contact us today to find out more about Central Coast Advocacy Service and how we can help you speak out for your rights.

What are your rights?

The ten Disability Service Standards ensure the rights of people with disabilities are respected by Government funded Disability Service Providers.

  1. Service Access: You have the right to access a service when you need it.
  2. Individual Needs: You have a right to a service that is designed to meet your needs.
  3. Decision-Making and Choices: You have the right to participate in decisions that affect you.
  4. Privacy, Dignity and Confidentiality: You have the right to privacy, dignity and confidentiality.
  5. Participation and Integration: You have the right to participate equally in the life of the community.
  6. Valued Status: You have the right to develop and maintain skills that enable you to achieve valued status in society.
  7. Complaints and Disputes: You have the right to complain and have the complaint addressed.
  8. Service Management: You have the right to access a service which maximise outcomes for you.
  9. Family Relationships: Your family relationships should be respected, with care taken to protect and enhance these relationships.
  10. Protection of Human Rights and Freedom from Abuse: You have the right to feel safe and respected and be treated fairly.