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Advocacy for Inclusion provides independent individual, self and systemic advocacy for people with disabilities.

Advocacy for Inclusion is a Disabled Peoples Organisation which means our board, members and staff are a majority of people with disabilities.

We represent Canberra’s most marginalised and isolated people with disabilities, those with cognitive disabilities and/or significant communication barriers.

We work within a human rights framework and acknowledge the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Advocacy for Inclusion is signed onto the ACT Human Rights Act.

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Self-advocacy is when you speak for yourself.

It is about understanding your rights.

You may still seek help to find out information or make a decision, but you do it yourself.

          √ This kit provides information to help you with all of these things.

What do I need to know?

Some of the specific skills you might find useful include:

  • Being assertive
  • Making a phone call
  • Sending an email
  • Writing a letter
  •  Making a complaint
  •  Preparing for a meeting

What skills do I need?

Other helpful skills you might like to work on include:

  •      Social skills
  •      Anger management
  •      Relaxation
  •      Stress management
  •      Assertiveness training [1]
  •      Increasing self-awareness
  •      Decision-making, goal-setting skills
  •      Communication and relationship skills [2]

The “Am I ready” activity sheet will help you to identify your strengths, and those you might like to work on.

What about support from others?

You can ask people around you to help develop these skills by:

  •      providing opportunities for you to learn and practice
  •      sharing information about these skills with you
  •      supporting your self-advocacy and providing feedback
  •     attending Advocacy for Inclusion’s Supporting Self-advocacy workshop to learn more about supporting you



What does self-advocacy mean to me?  














[2] American Psychological Association (2004, accessed June 2011). Increasing student success through instruction in self-determination

Latest Policy Work


Submission to ACT Budget Consultation 2018-17: Recognising the purpose of advocacy in the justice process

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Response to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council Canberra – Becoming a Restorative City Issues Paper

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Response to Australian Human Rights Commission Response to Australian Human Rights Commission OPCAT in Australia Consultation Paper, July 2017

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Submission to the Draft General Comment No. 5 (2017) Article 19: Living independently and being included in the community

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