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 A professional advocate is someone who supports other people to speak up. It is their job. They make sure people are treated fairly and their rights are being met.advocate. It is their job to help make sure your rights are being met.

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Your rights in Victoria

Everyone has rights. Rights help ensure you are safe and are being treated fairly.

The United Nations created the An international agreement that ensures disabled people have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.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.

Click here to visit the Youth for Human Rights website to learn more.

If your rights are not being met, you can get support from an advocacy service.

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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.

Click here to visit our advocacy support webpage to find out more.

Click here for a list of organisations and services that can support you if YDAS cannot.