Advocacy means speaking up for yourself and others. When you speak up for yourself and your rights this is called self-advocacy. You can also speak up for other people.
Speaking up is important. It helps ensure your choices and rights are respected and you are being treated fairly. Speaking up also helps others understand what you want and need.
You can get support to speak up from a professional advocate. It is their job to help make sure your rights are being met.
Your rights in Victoria
Everyone has rights. Rights help ensure you are safe and are being treated fairly.
The United Nations created the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities to protect disabled people. It is an agreement that ensures disabled people have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
For example, you have a right to:
- Get an education
- Have a job where you feel safe and valued
- Have a safe place to live
These are just some of the many rights you have. To find out more about your rights visit Youth for Human Rights.
If your rights are not being met, you can get support from an advocacy service.
Get advocacy support
You can access our free advocacy service if you need advice or support. We work with disabled young people in Victoria to make sure you can speak up and are being treated fairly.
Our advocacy service is for disabled young people, aged 12 to 25, in Victoria. Visit our advocacy service webpage to find out more.
The Victorian Government has a list of disability advocacy organisations that may be able to support you if we cannot.