Disability Advocacy Service Hunter (DASH)

Misson and activities:

DASH advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. We provide individual and systemic advocacy, community education and disability information for all ages and disabilities.

Our non governmental, non-profit, organization works at the local level.

We consider ourselves as part of the international Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement.

Our organization is to some degree run, controlled and represented by disabled people.

We have expertise, or are interested in cooperating with other organizations, in the areas of:

Accessible public transportation.
Assisting persons with intellectual disabilities.
Awareness raising.
Children with disabilities.
Education.
Legal aid.
Legislation.
Media work.
Research.
Self-advocacy.
Women and disability.
Supporting parents with an intellectual disability; supporting young people with a brain injury who have been inappropriately institutitonalised; supporting parents of children with profound disabilities at home.
We advocate for people with disabilitiesand their families and carers. This involves directly advocating on behalf of a person or providing information and advice so that the person can advocate for themselves.
We also link people with other relevant services, advocate for changes to policies and practices that are unfair to people with disabilities, provide education programs for carers and people with a disability as well as non-disabled people and workers in the field.
Our Advocacy Partners project trains and supports volunteers to be long term advocates for people with a cognitive disability.
We have recently developed a Volunteer Court Support project for parents with intellectual disability involved in child protection proceedings at court. A volunteer advocate is matched with a parents(s) and supports them through legal proceedings. We hope to expand this project to other jurisdictions such as criminal, civil and family matters at the various courts/tribunals.
Our NESB Advocate offers specialist individual advocacy to people with a disability from a non-English speaking background.

We may be able to refer disabled persons to wheelchair accessible housing or transportation or other services in our city.

We have traineeships or volunteer positions that people with disabilities are welcome to apply for.

People planning to come to our city are welcome to contact us to find out about accessibility and services in Newcastle West. We may be able to help with information.

Contact us:

Contact person:Mark Grierson
Email:dash@dash.org.au
Phone:04 49270111
Home page is not working: - http://www.dash.org.au/
Address:Suite 3, Level 1, 408 King Street
2302
Newcastle West
NSW
Australia

This entry added: Monday 27th October 2003. (record #589) Changed: Thursday 2nd March 2006.