Self Advocacy Sydney
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Robert Strike and Julie Loblinzk interviewed by Ryan Boyle on the importance of self-advocacy.
My long involvement with Self Advocacy Sydney starting off as a client in 1997 and ending up as board member in the role of President (2003 - 2010) has helped me with developing my overall self advocacy skills in speaking up for myself and to provide my Role Modelling Skills. This has actually improved my confidence and knowledge that grew and expanded making me feel more comfortable speaking in public. My dream of being a role model to helping others was begining to come true.
Another Dream of mine has always been to work for a government department, February 2007 I started work with ADHC (Aging Disability and Home Care) now FACS (Family and Community Services) as a Residential Support Worker slowly working my way up within the department to my Current Role as Liaison Worker.
In my current Role I'm responsible for developing and setting up Client/Departmental Resources, Research, Service Improvements by making FACS a better department for everyone, Representing FACS at Conferences and Expoís which I thoroughly enjoy in my role every day.
Throughout the years, I have also has featured in many Media Articles/Publications Consisting of: Newspapers, Radio, TV, DVD/Resources/Programs Representing as a Role Model for People with Disabilities. By living my dream of finally becoming a role model of what can be achieved, I believe I now inspire others to reach their potential by sharing my achivements.
Client Message from James Park;
Hi Iím James Park and Iíve been with Self advocacy Sydney for one and a half years. When I first joined I was unemployed and looking for work for a long time. My mum was worried about me so she took me to SAS to get support with learning new skills.
Since then I have done the leadership course where I learnt how to be more organised and I learnt how to co-operate with other people and to work as part of a team. I also did the Managing Anger course which helped me a lot.
I now have a part time job at Mc Donaldís and volunteer at Westmead hospital. The skills that I learnt at Self Advocacy Sydney have helped me in my job and volunteer work.
I enjoy coming to self advocacy training because I learn new skills and the staff are very friendly and I feel welcome here.
Message from our Executive Officer Arthur;
People with an intellectual disability who have had support all their lives that are ready now to reduce or even end that support, come to Self Advocacy Sydney to commence to learn to do things for themselves and be a Self Advocate, instead of relying on others.
Self Advocacy Sydney is an agency that provides a FREE service and a place where people with intellectual disabilities go to meet, organise, work and train others on how to improve their quality of life.
Our goal is to help and support people with intellectual disabilities with their individual plans in becoming empowered, making their own decisions, speaking up for themselves and others, taking control of their own lives, creating awareness about disability issues and achieving maximum independence and quality of life.
Self Advocacy Sydney does this by tailoring individual training needs for each client and also provides the following training programs that we have developed: Self Advocacy and Speaking Up Skills, Disability Awareness, Communication, Anger Management, Assertiveness, Be Aware Not Scared, Budgeting, Rights, Responsibilities and Consequences, Running Meetings, Understanding The Standards, Different Relationships, Being Treated Fairly, Leadership, How to Co-operate with Others and much more...
Our target clients are people with an intellectual disability, of all ages, living within the Sydney area. If you would like to find out more about Self Advocacy Sydney please phone us or call our staff to arrange a client appointment.
Self Advocacy Sydney is an organisation run by and for people with Intellectual Disability
A proud full memebr of the following organisations:
NSW Disability Advocacy Network (NDAN) - State Representative Body
NSW Council Of Social Service (NCOSS) - NSW Disability Network Forum
Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) - National Representative Body
NSW Ombudsman Community Services Division - Disability Roundtable Forum
Working together with others on systemic change by lobbying governments,
writing submissions and raise community awareness.
Self Advocacy Sydney does provide Training/Workshops on a range of programs, if you would like any information of what we have available or perhaps book-in a Training/Workshop, please email Arthur for a Training Proposal form listing our programs on: email@example.com.
Directions - access via street level:
Suite 1, Level 2
28 Patrick Street,
PO Box 8049
Please go to foyer entry via Alpha Street and take lift to Level 2
|Phone Number:||(02) 9622 3005|
|Fax Number:||(02) 9622 6030|
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