Our Voice is voice for you and your family
"The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of our society and is entitled to protection by society and the State, and that persons with disabilities and their family members should receive the necessary protection and assistance to enable families to contribute towards the full and equal enjoyment of the rights of people with disabilities".
*Preamble part x of Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Collaborative Disability Family Advocacy
Our Voice is collaborative disability family advocacy. This means a partnership between family members with disability and the families who support them.
We are a representative voice for the needs of people with developmental/intellectual disability and/or complex needs and your family are critical to this representation.
The easiest way to support your family member with disability is to become an Our Voice member. To be a full member, you must be a person with an intellectual disability or a person with associated complex support needs and a parent, sibling or unpaid carer of an eligible member.
Our Voice Australia does not want to join the queue of people who 'say' they represent you, we will genuinely seek your input and your thoughts. We will provide you with the tools to actively engage, through surveys & polling and information sharing.
This will help us address systemic problems and ongoing concerns. We will advise Government on the impact of social policy initiatives and will suggest new strategies, models or reforms as appropriate.
You can choose to be engaged with this process as much or as little as you want.
We contribute to Government policies effecting people with intellectual disability and/or complex needs disability and will provide advice to Government on policy, programs and service delivery.
Through information-sharing and by supporting each other in having important issues addressed, we aim to:
develop a nationwide membership base that is well informed of changes in government policy.
keep you abreast of current relevant inquiries and legislative changes – any of the important things to be aware of, ensuring that we have our say on the issues that are of concern to us all.