Our Work

PWDA has a fundamental commitment to self-help, mutual support and self-representation for all people with disability, by all people with disability.

PWDA’s work addresses the discrimination, marginalisation, poverty and human rights abuses to which people with disability are often subject in our community.

It does so by empowering people with disability to take control of their own lives by providing information, education and mutual support, by providing personal advocacy support to individuals and groups whose rights have been violated, and by identifying and promoting social change to realise human rights.

PWDA works within the framework of, and seeks to bring into reality, the rights recognised in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – a treaty we played a key role in bringing into force, both internationally and in Australia.

We work with and for all kinds of people with all types of disability, and with all specific population groups, including women with disability, children and young people with disability, First Peoples with disability, and people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We work on issues that concern us all, learning from and linking our individual experiences to create comprehensive agendas for social change that leave no-one behind. Read more about our vision.

What is systemic advocacy?

Systemic advocacy is about trying to change a system to address the structural causes of inequality.

“Systemic advocacy seeks to remove barriers and address discrimination to ensure the rights of people with disability.” National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)

PWDA’s work in systemic advocacy seeks to promote social justice for people with disability by achieving positive change in the structures, policies and practices that exclude people with disability and put people with disability at risk of abuse and neglect. You can read about some of the major policy areas we work in here.

In order to make change in these and other areas, we write reports and submissions, and do a variety of other policy and systemic advocacy work, including representing the voices and experiences of people with disability on government consultative committees, inquiries, forums and working groups. During NSW and Federal elections, we provide policy recommendations on government decisions, and put forward the ideas and solutions of people with disability. We work together with other organisations on various campaigns, and run projects that focus on specific activities. You can use the menu on the left to find out more about what we’re working on at the moment.

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