Advocacy for Families and their children with disability (0-18)
ACD works alongside and/or for parents and carers and/or legal guardians with children (0-18) with disability or disabling conditions in our professional advocacy provision across Tasmania.
We work within the fundamental principle that the rights and interests of the child or young person with disability are upheld at all times.
We understand that families often experience issues affecting their child/ren with disability or disabling conditions. Our Disability Consultants provide professional advocacy to support and/or act on your behalf to resolve issues as quickly as possible.
ACD Disability Consultants provide professional advocacy to assist parents and carers to develop skills and knowledge so they can make informed decisions; exercise their rights and advocate successfully for their children with disability.
Systemic Advocacy (Community Development Work)
Proactively, ACD staff represent the best interests of families by time spent, evolving innovative ideas and participating in and/or undertaking community development projects. ACD is involved in many strategic alliances, on working groups, reference groups and committees, and writes submissions to Government to influence and suggest ideas for addressing key issues affecting families and their children and/or young people with disability across Tasmania.
There are many areas that require priority and focus for community development work and systemic advocacy in line with addressing, progressing and resolving presenting issues for families and their children with disability across the community.
ACD works in many ways to help improve systems, services and supports for families and children and young people with disability. Utilising issue and service gap data evidence that ACD collects staff advocate for and seek to influence community decision makers.
Proactively, ACD staff will represent the best interests of families by participating in and/or undertaking community development projects. ACD forms and is involved in strategic alliances, working groups, reference groups and committees, and meets with politicians and other decision-makers, and writes submissions to relevant bodies and all levels of Government to address key issues affecting families and their children and/or young people with disability across Tasmania, e.g. lack of access to required services and support options.