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YDAS works with disabled young people in Victoria to make sure you can speak up and are being treated fairly.
Our free individual advocacy service is for disabled young people, aged 12 to 25, in Victoria.
Our advocacy team works directly with young people to provide advice and support.
How can an advocate support me?
Our advocacy team can:
- Support you with problems you have with education, housing or the NDIS
- Support you to make a complaint if you are being treated unfairly
- Attend important meetings with you
- Explain your rights in Victoria
- Refer you to other services if we are unable to support you
Our advocacy team cannot:
- Give legal advice
- Provide counselling
- Make choices for you
- Give financial advice
- Work with young people who do not have a disability
- Work with young people who do not live in Victoria
- Work with people who are not aged between 12 to 25
YDAS is not a A service that can support you right away when you need urgent help or support.crisis service. Call 000 if you are unsafe and need help right away.
What should I do before contacting YDAS?
Before contacting our advocacy team you need to:
1. Have an idea of how our advocacy team can support you.
You will need to explain the issue you are facing and what our advocacy team can support you with. For example, you may need an advocate to come with you to an important meeting.
2. If you are a parent or guardian of a young person needing advocacy, make sure you talk to them before contacting YDAS.
We want disabled young people to have as much control over their own lives as possible. Generally, we only provide advocacy if the young person has given us permission.
3. Keep records of the issue.
If you are facing an issue that you would like our advocacy team to support you with, it is helpful for us to see communication about the issue. Keeping records like emails helps our advocacy team understand the issue and how we can support you.