The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) is the peak body for all people in NSW with disability and their families and carers, with a particular focus on those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) / non English Speaking (NES) background with disability.

MDAA is providing advocacy for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) was established last year to better protect people with disabilities, prevent them from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, achieve best practice and promote a more inclusive society.

To assist in the community to participate, MDAA is providing advocacy services to people with disabilities particularly from CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) backgrounds. MDAA has two specialist disability advocates who can help anybody with any disability in any part of NSW.

It has been approximately six months into the DRC, and one of the commissioners, Hon John Ryan AM, has already spoken of the disturbing facts and stories that are being heard by commission which highlight serious issues for people with disabilities.

Many people with disabilities are oftentimes treated unfairly and this is an opportunity for change. While the DRC won’t be able to rectify the specific problem for any participant’s submission, they can report back to make systemic changes so other people hopefully don’t have to go through the same difficulty.

MDAA advocates can assist any person with a disability to make a submission to the DRC in any format (audio, video, written) that is suitable for them, with the support of technology or interpreter, sign language or other methods.

It is important to note that the six commissioners are independent of the government and therefore if anyone with a disability has a submission that is against the government they should not have a worry that the interest of the commission will be in favour of the government.

At the conclusion of the DRC investigation, a comprehensive report will then provide the suggestions to the government for change.

To make an appointment with a DRC advocate or a general advocate for if you have any other issue that you would like support in, contact MDAA on 1800 629 072.