About DAIS

DAIS is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a board of management.
The services of DAIS are free, providing advocacy support and information to anyone with a disability, to ensure equality of rights and increased integration into the community.

What is advocacy?

See video produced by the Department of Social Services on the National Disability Advocacy Program

 

Advocacy is speaking, acting or writing on behalf of the interests of a person or group in order to promote, protect and defend the welfare of and justice of either the person or group.

DAIS will help any person with a disability:

  • people with a brain injury and people with physical, intellectual, sensory, psychiatric, psychological, neurological or multiple disabilities
  • the carers or families of members of this group where there is no conflict with the wishes of the person with the disability

People can access DAIS services:

  • Directly by the person with the disability
  • By others, including carers, family members or friends
  • Through referrals from other service providers

DAIS can help people with a disability:

  • Become more independent
  • Know their rights
  • Make a complaint
  • Resolve a problem
  • Be active in the community
  • Access other services

DAIS try and help in six ways

Individual Advocacy


We help and support a person to get the same things as other members of the community. An advocate can also help with difficulties a person may have because of their disability.    More...

 

Self-Advocacy


We teach people how to become more independent by speaking up for themselves.   More...

 

Court and Police Support


If a person is going to court or being interviewed by the police, we can provide support through the Albury Wodonga JusticeSupport Network.  More....

 

Systemic Advocacy

If a similar problem keeps occurring DAIS approach governments and service providers to influence change so that people with a disability get a fair go.   More....

 

Community Education
We try to educate the community so they understand what it is like to have a disability and become aware of the needs of people with disabilities, their families and carers.   More...

 

Information
DAIS provide free information about disability related issues. Information may include referring you to other services providers who specialise in your needs or are more appropriate to assit you with your issue.   View Resources 

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Contact DAIS

 

Background

History

DAIS was formed by members of the Kiewa and Ovens Valley Disability Self Help Group whose focus was on systemic advocacy issues. In 1990 it was recognised by the Group that the service demands being placed on the voluntary members were way beyond its capacity.

The Group identified a need for a regional council in the area as an umbrella organisation for self-help groups as well as a direct resource for individual client issues. Several attempts were made to lobby for funds from the State Government in Victoria, finally resulting in sufficient funds to employ a full-time worker to manage both systemic and individual advocacy issues. This position was initially funded for two years and a further submission to the Commonwealth Government resulted in the establishment of the Disabled Persons Regional Council, now known as DAIS, in 1992.

DAIS was the original founder of the Victorian model of advocacy and provided significant assistance in establishing further services throughout Victoria. A key component of the management structure is the requirement that office bearers on Committees of Management be individuals with a disability or carers of people with a disability.

Philosophy

The aim of Disability Advocacy and Information Service Inc (DAIS) is to promote positive change to the lives of people with a disability and their carers.

DAIS is an independent organisation with the purpose of:

 * Promoting and assisting the integration of people with disabilities into the general community.
 * Gaining improvements to existing disability services and obtaining new services for people with disabilities in the area by taking steps to influence all levels of government and other service providers.
 * Identifying which disability services are needed in the area and co-operating in the planning and regional development of these services with appropriate government departments and other service providers.
 * Assisting with the establishment of disability-related self help groups and supporting existing disability groups in the region.

Structure

DAIS is run by a board who employ a full-time executive officer to oversee and implement the policies of the organisation. Membership of the association is open to anyone who lives, works or has interest in North East Victoria or southern parts of NSW and supports the aims and objectives of the organisation. People will not need to have a disability or be the carer to be a member but will need to have an association with the area.

To become a member go to How to Support DAIS - Membership and Subscription 

 

Regional Coverage

DAIS provides advocacy support to people with disabilities and carers to North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales as outlined in the map below.

 
View DAIS Boundary in a larger map

North East Victoria, comprising of:
City of Wodonga; Rural City of Wangaratta including townships of Wangaratta, Springhurst, Glenrowan, Whitfield, Everton; Benalla Rural City including the townships of Benalla, Swanpool, Goorambat and Winton; Towong Shire including townships of Corryong, Tallangatta and Walwa; Indigo Shire including the townships of Chiltern, Rutherglen, Yackandandah and Beechworth; Alpine Shire including townships of Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford; Mansfield Shire including the townships of Mansfield and Mt Buller.

Southern New South Wales, comprising of:
City of Albury; Greater Hume Shire including townships of Culcairn, Holbrook, Henty and Jindera; Corowa Shire including townships of Corowa, Howlong, and Mulwala; Berrigan Shire including the townships of Berrigan, Finley, Tocumwal and Barooga; Deniliquin Shire; Jerilderie Shire; Urana Shire.

If you are outside the DAIS territory to the north contact Disability Advocacy Network (DAN)

If you are outside the DAIS territory to the west contact Regional and Information Advocacy Council (RIAC)


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