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.
MDAA AGM and 20 Year Celebrations 4 November 2015
The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association held our Annual General Meeting(AGM) and proudly celebrated our 20 year anniversary on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at St Marks hall in Granville.
Guest speakers included, The Honourable Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, Ms Julia Finn MP, Member for Granville, Uncle Greg, Welcome to Country and Mr Chris Opert, NDIA.
MDAA launched its Strategic Directions 2015-2018 with the help of Dr Geoff Lee who also presented tokens of appeciation and recognition to: MDAA Governance Committee members, previous staff members, current longstanding staff members and MDAA volunteers.
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
Technowlink - Social Media for Beginners
Learn: E-mail, Facebook, Skype and more
Starting Thursday 18 February 2016 to Thursday 17 March 2016. For more information: Technowlink Flier
Moving Around and About Forum (Community and Public Transport)
Do you use Community and Public Transport services? Do you want to know more about how to take advantage of these transport services?
When:9.45 am to 1.00 pm, 2 March 2016 Where: 10 -12 Hutchinson St, Granville - Please call 02 9891 6400 to register
For more information: Moving Around and About Flier
Small Stone Project
Small Stone, under the auspices of MDAA, is a project by and for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse/ non-English speaking background with disability. Through the project, young people create opportunities for real inclusion and active participation.
for more information.
One Billion Rising, a worldwide action calling for an END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
Monday, 15 February 2016, 9 am, Parramatta Centenary Square
ONE BILLION RISING is a gathering of peoples worldwide to demand an END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN! In February 2013, ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. In 2016 One Billion Rising calls for structural, systemic and long-term change – a Revolution in people’s ways of thinking about how we relate and treat each other. Your participation is very important. During the One Billion Rising dance, you can clap your hands, sway your arms or just sit, or do the Flash mob dance with us.
If you are joining the Flash mob DANCE. Here is the link to instructional video that shows the dance movements on One Billion Rising for the mobility compromised. It is a Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYjWFXnlMI
What: Global action calling for an END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
When: 15 February 2016, Monday, 9:00-11:00 am
Where: Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta
(Walking distance from the Parramatta train station)
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 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
Minister for Disability Services
The Hon John Ajaka MLC visits MDAA