Individual Advocacy

AMPARO Advocacy speaks, acts and writes on behalf of vulnerable people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background with disability to defend, protect and promote their rights and interests so their fundamental needs are met. Individual advocacy is provided in a way that respects and meets language, cultural and religious needs of the person and is based on the principles of human rights, social justice and inclusion.

AMPARO Advocacy recognises that societal responses to vulnerable people can be extremely inadequate and strong social advocacy on their behalf is often needed. The people with whom we work are those most likely to be at risk and least able to represent or defend their own interests and whose fundamental needs are not being met – inadequate food, clothing, income, support, housing, health and wellbeing, safety and freedom from harm, having someone who cares.

We work to assist refugees and migrants with disability and their families who are experiencing social and economic marginalisation to identify their unmet needs and to address issues of disadvantage, discrimination and neglect. Individual advocacy is provided to people living in the Brisbane area who meet the eligibility criteria AMPARO Advocacy advocates for a diverse mix of people who differ in age, disability, language, culture, living arrangement, relationships and life situations.

To receive individual advocacy the person must:

  • have a disability;
  • be from a non-English speaking background for whom language and /or cultural differences make it difficult to understand and negotiate systems and services that support people.
  • be vulnerable and not having their fundamental needs met;
  • be between 0-65years of age;
  • live within the Brisbane area.

To be accepted for individual advocacy the organisation must have the capacity and resources to offer assistance.

A useful advocacy resource

This website has been developed by Disability Advocacy Network Australia Limited (DANA) to support advocacy for people with disabilities in connection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

DANA is committed to the vision of an Australia that includes and values people with disabilities and respects human rights for all. Thoughtful use of NDIS funded services and supports can make a strong contribution to achieving this vision.

Whether you are a person with a disability, a family member or an independent disability advocacy agency, we aim to inform you about the rights and entitlements of people with disabilities under the NDIS and about how to engage with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to achieve supports that suit the wishes and circumstances of a person with disability.

You can browse the site for general information or use the main navigation menu and search function to find information about specific issues.

Referral information

AMPARO Advocacy will accept requests for advocacy assistance from individuals with disability, family members or friends, and organisations.

If you need an interpreter to speak with someone at AMPARO Advocacy you can call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask them to contact AMPARO Advocacy on 3354 4900.

All new referrals are discussed at fortnightly staff meetings to determine eligibility and AMPARO’s capacity to accept the person for individual advocacy.

Please complete the form below or download our interactive PDF form, complete and email back.

Individual advocacy stories

Woman with disability experiencing multiple and complex issues

Last year AMPARO advocated on behalf of Grete a young woman from a non-English speaking background who was left with significant physical and cognitive impairments …

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The wider impact of mental illness

AMPARO Advocacy has been assisting Andrea, a woman who came to Australia under the Humanitarian Program, and who is a sole parent with 2 young …

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At risk of being excluded from the educational system

AMPARO Advocacy has advocated on behalf of a young boy called Raja from a Liberian background who was at serious risk of being excluded from …

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At risk of homelessness

Habib and his wife and children are Australian citizens, but were originally refugees from Afghanistan who entered the country around 8 years ago. Habib experiences …

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