The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) is the peak body for all people in NSW with disability and their families and carers, with a particular focus on those from a culturally and linguistically diverse / non English Speaking background with disability.
Our Vision is a society where everyone, regardless of background or disability feels welcome, included and supported. MDAA views culture and disability through the lens of diversity. We see diversity as a strength and we promote this view in all our work. We want to make our vision a reality. Over the next five years we will be focussing on three major goals set out in this Strategic Directions document. The details of how we achieve these goals and measure our success will be set out in the Strategic Plan. The major goals are Empowered People, Leading Change and Strengthening MDAA. MDAA works towards achieving these goals through Systemic and Individual Advocacy, Capacity Building and Networking, Industry Development and Training. International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Small Stone Youth Week and Graduation 13 April 2016
'Make each small stone count'
For 2016 National Youth Week, MDAA celebrated Small Stone’s young people’s diverse talents and their many achievements. The initiative is funded by Youth Opportunities Program of the Department of Education. The celebration was
hosted by MDAA in conjunction with Parramatta City Council and was held at Parramatta Town Hall.
To read more: Small Stone Youth Week
MDAA AGM and 20 Year Celebrations 4 November 2015
To read more: MDAA AGM and 20 Year Celebrations To commemorate this aupicious occasion a booklet was developed documenting MDAA's 20 year history. To read more : MDAA's 20 year History booklet
“Our ability is stronger than our disability”
OPEN FORUM for the African Communities 6 July 2016
What is disability? How does it impact on individuals? How does it affect our parenting capacity? Does it change our family dynamics?
Can we get respite care? Who are the services that can help?
For more information Open Forum for the African Community
MDAA cultural abilities
Providing quality training and consultancy services to the human services sector
BRINGING NDIS TO CALD COMMUNITIES IN 2016 -
New Training Calendar!!
From July this year in NSW, the biggest change in the disability sector - NDIS individualised funding - becomes a reality with full national roll-out of the scheme is due to be completed by 2018-19.
MDAA is offering three workshops aimed at preparing your organisation for the changes that NDIS will bring and to support you to tap into the CALD market.
For more information /www.mdaa.org.au/training2/84-cultural-abilities
Learn new SKILLS at Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
Computer Basics Skills start Thursday 26 May
English Language Skills classes. Enrolments close Wed 25 May or when class is full
For more information and to enrol: Skills@MDAA flyer
Department of Social Services
Submission National Disability Employment Framework
Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2015
The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s: sex, disability, race, age, sexual preference, criminal record, trade union activity, political opinion, religion or social origin (in employment only). For more information visit: www.humanrights.gov.au
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has set up the WWDA Youth Network to focus on girls and young women with all types of disabilities. For more information: http://youth.wwda.org.au/
MDAA South East Sydney office has relocated to:
Building 2, Level 4,
7-11 The Avenue, Hurstville NSW 2220
Contact us South East Sydney
MDAA Newcastle office has relocated to:
2A Platt St Waratah NSW 2298
Phone/Fax: 02 49602577
Contact us Newcastle
MDAA Wollongong office has relocated to:
24 Kenny St Wollongong NSW 2500
Contact us Wollongong