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About AFI

Advocacy for Inclusion represents Canberra’s most marginalised and isolated people with disabilities, including those persons with cognitive disabilities and/or significant communication barriers.

We support the voice of people with disabilities and are committed to growing that voice in all forums.

Advocacy for Inclusion works within a human rights framework which recognises the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people with disabilities. We support the minimum benchmarks set out in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our organisation is also signed onto the ACT Human Rights Act.

What we do

Advocacy for Inclusions supports people with disabilities to assert their rights. We provide self, individual and systemic advocacy services as well as disability awareness and inclusion training to the wider community,

Individual Advocacy is having someone to stand beside you if you feel something is unfair or you feel someone is treating you unfairly and you would like to do something to change it.

Self-advocacy is about having the skills and confidence to speak up for yourself about issues that affect your life.

Systemic advocacy is about influencing all levels of government, public institutions, private enterprise and the community to recognise and uphold the rights of people with disabilities.

Areas of focus

We work within and across the following areas:

  • Accommodation and forced cohabitation
  • Guardianship and supported decision making
  • Violence and restraint
  • Equal access in the justice system
  • Parenting and Child Protection
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Budget submissions and responses - ACT, nationally and internationally

Our outreach

Advocacy for Inclusion works with individuals with disabilities, community organisations, peak bodies, government agencies, statutory authorities and private enterprise to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are acknowledged and upheld.

Our Self-Advocacy and Individual Advocacy programs are focussed on people and issues in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Our Systemic Advocacy program addresses issues in the ACT as well as nationally.