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DACSSA is proud to advocate for South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples living with disability, their family and carers.

 

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Major Crimes Investigation into the abuse and preventable death of Ann-Marie Smith

Our CEO Kendall Field speaks to the media as DACSSA takes action.

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We are unable to meet people who present to our office in person, at this time.

But we’re still here for you. Call us on 08 7122 6030 for disability advocacy.

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If you are in danger, call ‘000’ and ask for Police.

If you are in crisis, our Resources page lists many free crisis support services.

Crisis Contacts

If you are having difficulty coping, or you need someone to talk to, you can access free counselling by calling:

• Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
• Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
• Regional Access Prog 1300 032 186
• Headspace 1800 650 890

Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia Inc (DACSSA) is a free, independent information and support organisation servicing regional/country South Australia and the Adelaide metropolitan area . We are a not-for-profit organisation that is funded by the Australian Federal Government to assist people who live with disability, their family and carers, to source information and work through specific challenges in their life associated with their disability.

We are able to provide information to assist people in making informed decisions. We work together with clients to resolve their issues either on the phone or in person. We are able to attend meetings and hearings with our clients when they feel they would like support.

There are some matters that DACSSA cannot assist with, however we will always take time to hear about issues you are experiencing and connect you with an appropriate referral service who may be better positioned to meet your needs. DACSSA is not a legal service and we are not able to give legal advice.

We assist in areas such as:

  • NDIS
  • NDIS Appeals
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Discrimination & Human Rights
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Abuse
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Complaints about Disability Services
  • Health
  • Mental Illness
  • SACAT Orders

In addition to assisting individuals, DACSSA also works to identify and address systemic challenges. When an issue affects many people, we may be able to assist to affect change on a larger scale, to improve the lives of the greater disability community.

Many of our team have lived experience of disability. We are passionate about promoting the wellbeing of the disability community, assisting people to build their individual strengths.

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DACSSA is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

DACSSA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country.
We pay our respect to their culture, customs and connection to land, sea and community, as well as Elders both past and present.

If you require translating and/or interpreting services to help access our service, TIS National can help.

Phone: 131 450
Website: www.tisnational.gov.au

If you are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment, you can contact the National Relay Service to assist you to contact DACSSA.

You can contact the National Relay Service via
TTY: 133 677
Speak & Listen Number: 1300 555 727
Internet Relay: www.relayservice.com.au

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