Disability advocacy and information services across New South Wales will be strengthened with the introduction of new guidelines today.
The guidelines will be introduced across NSW to provide greater clarity in the delivery of advocacy and information services for individuals and groups of people with a disability, their families and carers.
The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said advocacy and information services performed a crucial role in the disability sector by helping people to make informed decisions about their lives.
"These new guidelines are intended to clarify the aims and objectives of information and advocacy services across NSW," Mr Primrose said.
"They will also provide a framework for the development of annual work plans within regions which will help ensure the guidelines are being met."
Mr Primrose said supporting people with a disability to access services, facilities and jobs on the same basis as other members of the community was a priority under Stronger Together, the Government's 10 year initiative to improve and expand disability services.
"The need for clearer and more defined advocacy and information services was raised numerous times with me as part of recent Stronger Together community consultations.
"Making it easier for people with a disability and their families to access information and support will be a priority under Stronger Together 2."
This will become more important into the future as we move toward greater individualized funding."
Mr Primrose said aging, Disability and Home Care would use feedback from people with a disability to strengthen information and support services under Stronger Together 2.
Advocacy and information services aim to empower people with a disability to communicate their preferences, inform planning and decision making, and facilitate the participation of people with a disability, their family and carers in the community.
The guidelines are available on ADHC's website at: www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au
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