Self-Advocacy Plus Project

Barwon Disability Resource Council (BDRC) has implemented the Self-advocacy Plus Project.

The Self-advocacy Plus Project provides advocacy support for individuals with disabilities and their families to improve their quality of life.

Individuals involved within this project will receive timely, targeted and appropriate support to self-advocate for themselves or their family members, with an emphasis on those who are isolated.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”- Malala Yousafzai

The Self-advocacy Plus project can help individuals with getting information, speaking up and being heard. It can also help individuals to know their rights and to make decisions.

If you would like to access this project or know of somebody who this could help please contact:

Christina La Spada

Self-Advocacy Project Officer

Phone: 5221 8011                    

Mobile: 0427 080 007

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The Self-advocacy Plus Project is supported by the Victorian Government. 









Advocacy in action at Barwon Disability Resource Council – Assert 4 All

This Advocacy project has been supported with a funding grant by Give Where You Live.

Every day individuals with a disability have to think about how they will access the community in their everyday life.  Have you thought about disability access and services and how it impacts on all in our community?

Improving government services, community services, businesses for people with disability means improvement for all and adds to the richness of our society.

BDRC’s Assert 4 All Advocacy program carries out individual advocacy and systemic advocacy and is a much needed service in our local community.

While the advent of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is a great initiative for Australia and our region, not every person with a disability is eligible for NDIS support, and not every Advocacy issue can be solved with an NDIS plan.  

Advocacy is vitally important and needed for those areas of life that are not covered by the NDIS, which can include:

-        Abuse and neglect

-        Homelessness and housing

-        Discrimination

-        Education 

-        Financial – Centrelink, superannuation, wages, supported wage

-        Access to premises (systemic advocacy)

-        Transport access (systemic advocacy)

-        Parents with disabilities in child protection system

-        Individuals who are not eligible for the NDIS.

Fact check:  The NDIS covers individuals who have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and substantially reduces ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions.  The Australia wide statistics show there are approximately 4,230,000 people with a disability in Australia and only 400,000 will receive individual packages under the NDIS (from

Advocacy is also required for those who would be eligible for the NDIS but need some help navigating the system and support for when they come across issues with the NDIS or providers.

Systemic advocacy means that we look at the big picture and influence change.  We work to make Geelong, Surf Coast and  Queenscliff  more accessible. Systemic advocacy upholds human rights of all in our community to live free from barriers or disadvantage..

If you would like to help BDRC Assert 4 All, make a donation to Give Where You Live today. Your donation will go towards funding the Assert 4 All Advocacy program to ensure people with disabilities can access advocacy on a range of issues that impact their daily lives, as well as the many other Give Where You Live worthwhile projects.

Your donation to Give Where You Live is tax deductible.  Ph:  5229 4364  or visit


Assert 4 All provides systemic advocacy for local and regional disability related issues that are relevant to the wider community.

Assert 4 All works toward change in our community to improve the quality of life for all.

Initiatives undertaken include access to premises and transport, working with local governments and access maps.

Please contact us if you require assistance on a systemic issue by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assert 4 All is able to provide this service, with funding provided by the State Government – Department of Human Services and Give Where you Live.