1.4 Self Advocacy


Welcome to self-advocacy for deaf people as part of the deaf community in Australia, especially those who use Auslan every day. 

By now, you would have recognised that the Australian society disabled deaf people in Australia with barriers and unresolved accessibility issues. There are many tools, supports, and information on how to self-advocate for betterment of your life as a deaf person. However, there is no easy or quick way to do best self-advocacy for yourself or for someone in your family or community.

Doing self-advocacy can mean changing the way you access information at your workplace with EAF, having Auslan interpreters of your own preference to a health care appointment, to having an organisation providing Auslan interpreters to an event for you and your local deaf community. It also can means advocating NDIS to improve your plan, and more.

Here, you will find a link to DA’s e-course on self-advocacy, guideline, and checklist to support you on your own self-advocacy.

Deaf Australia (DA) is national peak-body advocacy organisation focusing on improving the quality of every aspect of a deaf person’s life in Australia. While DA do the systemic advocacy such as government, DA do welcome individual self-advocacy and would find ways to support those as well.

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Fill out the form below to access the resource downloads.


  • Deaf Self-Advocacy Checklist PDF
  • Deaf Self-Advocacy Checklist Word document


  • Deaf Self-Advocacy Guideline PDF
  • Deaf Self-Advocacy Guideline Word document

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