RAS is a Berri based service established to advocate for the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers in the Riverland area.
The Multicultural Advocacy & Liaison Service of South Australia (MALSSA) inc established its Riverland Advocacy Service (RAS) in 2002. RAS mainly provides individual advocacy to people with a disability and their carers throughout the Riverland region. RAS is operated on 22.6 hours per week over 4 days.
Graham McNaughton was employed in May 2009 as the advocate for the Riverland office.
RAS aims to
Ensure the removal of barriers to access and equity
Ensure that services are relevant to the needs of people with a disability
Increase the participation of people with a disability within services
Ensure people with a disability are actively involved in the decision-making process
RAS objectives are
Identify the additional needs of people with a disability
Educate the community and service providers about the rights of people who have a disability
Advocate for the rights of people with a disability and their carers
Initiate or contribute to processes that enhance service provision to people with a disability
All people from all backgrounds who have a disability have the same basic rights as other members of Australian society.
All people with a disability should be able to live and develop without prejudice or disadvantage and should be encouraged to be open and embracing of other peoples in the community.
All people with a disability should be able to receive the services necessary to enable them to achieve their maximum potential as members of the community.
All people with a disability have the same rights as other members of Australian society to participate in decisions that affect their lives and to receive services in a manner that results in the least restriction of their rights and opportunities.
Riverland Advocacy Service is a regional office of DRAS which is part of the Australian network of Disability Advocacy services funded by the Australian government.