Residents in the City of Playford are set to benefit from the presence of Disability Rights Advocacy Service (DRAS) within their community.The service will commence providing free and professional support to the Playford community weekly from 4 November (9.30am to 12.30pm) at the Grenville Community Connections Hub.City of Playford disability access and inclusion co-ordinator Janine Anderson said DRAS will provide advocacy and representation as part of its Commonwealth Government funding agreement to safeguard and promote the rights of people with a disability.“For over 25 years DRAS Inc has demonstrated a commitment to individuals and their carers overcome barriers to programs and services through its Individual Advocacy Program,” Ms Anderson said.DRAS can provide local and eligible residents services for matters involving but not limited to:
Centrelink – benefits, programs, reviews and appeals;
National Disability Insurance Scheme – individual planning agreement reviews and complaints;
Guardianship, administration and community treatment orders – SACAT;
People with disability, be it physical, sensory, neurological, intellectual or psychiatric, are encouraged to contact DRAS Inc if they feel their rights to access and equity are being infringed for confidential advice and or representation, free of any fees and charges. Access to interpreters is available at no cost to eligible clients.For referrals and more information about this service, contact disability advocate Paul Barbaro (0410 517 295, 8122 2711, firstname.lastname@example.org).