Our vision for society is one where people with disabilities can exercise their rights – with dignity, autonomy, equality and independence at the core. We recognise the capacity of persons with disabilities to make their own decisions equally with others, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities (NAS) provides an independent, confidential and free advocacy service that works exclusively for adults with disabilities. Our role is to work with those who may be isolated from their community of choice or mainstream society, may communicate differently and who may have limited informal or natural supports. We act as a catalyst for change through collaboration, capacity building and representation to make the rights of people with disabilities a reality.
NAS has adopted five Core Values which inform its work.
NAS works with the person independently of others and free from all conflicts of interest. The advocacy process is led and guided by the person.
NAS supports the right of the person to self-direction/determination (i.e. to be in control of their own life) and to make informed decisions based on their will and preferences.
NAS supports the right of every person to assert and enjoy their human rights, to participate in society as an equal citizen and to fulfil their full potential within a life of their own choosing.
NAS works with the person in a way which demonstrates respect for the person as an individual and for their privacy, dignity and autonomy. All NAS staff, partners and directors will act in a way that demonstrates respect for the people who use NAS and each other.
NAS aims to facilitate the person to be an active participant in decisions which affect their life, through the way in which the advocacy process is carried out as well as the outcomes it seeks to achieve.