What We Do

VALID provides a range of advocacy and information strategies to support people with a disability towards empowerment, inclusion and a good life in the community

Self-advocacy networks

Self-advocacy networks

Building the skills of people with disabilites to influence the policies and decisions of service providers and the community.

Systemic Advocacy

Systemic advocacy focuses on making a more inclusive community through changes to legislation, policies and practices that ensure the collective rights and interests of people with disability are served. In order to achieve systemic change VALID works in partnership with other organisations, makes submissions to government and publishes Position Statements on issues affecting people with disability

Individual Advocacy

Individual advocacy is one-on-one support provided to a person to prevent or address instances of unfair treatment or abuse. Individual advocacy supports people to express their views and concerns, access information and services, and explore choices and options. VALID's individual advocacy includes support with all kinds of issues, prioritises people who need urgent support, uses specialist advocacy methods and might include referrals to other organisations

Peer Action Groups

Peer Action Groups

Peer support occurs when people with similar life experiences provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. Learn more about VALID's Peer Action Groups and Self Advocacy Networks.


VALID provides individual advocacy for adults (people aged 18 and over) with intellectual disability who are eligible or receive disability support services. VALID also undertakes systemic advocacy to change government policies and practices to make a more inclusice community


VALID provides a range of training that empowers people with disabilities to make choices and take control over their own lives. We do this by providing training directly to people with disability, by empowering and encouraging families to take person-centred approaches, and by helping family and professional advocates to improve their practice. 

Self-advocacy program

Self-advocacy means speaking up for yourself. It means that a people with intellectual disability can present their own views and make their own choices. The VALID self-advocacy program builds the skills of people with disabilites to influence the policies and decisions of service providers and the community by strengthening resident empowerment in Disability Accommodation Services (DAS houses), supporting the VALID self-advocacy networks, strengthening self-determination in disability services and providing NDIS 101 Information sessions.

Community Development

Community Development

VALID's community development work is focused on building more inclusive communities so that people with disabilities can live the life of their choice. VALID empowers individuals with disabilities through direct employment, Peer Action Groups and engaging volunteers for the Choice Mentor program. VALID improves the accessibility of community organisations through our Mainstream and Me program. VALID works to improve infrastructure and community awareness to reduce barriers to participation through the Inclusive Community Development Network.