The Need For Advocacy

Advocacy is speaking, acting and writing with minimal conflict of interest on behalf of the sincerely perceived interests of a disadvantaged person or group to promote, protect and defend their welfare and justice by:

  • Being on their side and no-one else’s;
  • Being primarily concerned with their fundamental needs;
  • Remaining loyal and accountable to them in a way which is emphatic and vigorous and which is, or is likely to be, costly to the advocate or advocacy group.

Strong independent advocacy is needed because people with disabilities and their families often experience, or are at least vulnerable to, discrimination, neglect, exploitation or abuse. Their rights, whether human rights or legal rights are commonly ignored and denied.

Who Does SUFY Advocate For?

SUFY advocate for the following:

  • People with disability who are in unsafe or unjust situations.
  • People who are over 16 years of age whose fundamental needs are not being me.
  • People who are in danger of becoming more vulnerable or isolated.
  • People who live in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions.

Human Rights and Freedom From Abuse and Neglect

SUFY believes that people with disability have the same human rights as everyone else.

People with disability and their families often experience, or at least are vulnerable to, discrimination, neglect, exploitation and/or abuse. Their rights whether human rights or legal rights are commonly ignored and denied.