In response to the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, and the resulting escalation of public health measures to slow the spread and impact of this virus, we are closing our physical office effective from 5:00pm Tuesday 24 March 2020.
While we have closed our physical office, staff will work remotely to deliver restricted services via telephone, email, and skype if available. We have ceased all face to face contact, workshops and training events.
Management will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary to protect the health and welfare of our staff and all stakeholders.
Please stay safe and take notice of all health alerts and advice.
IATI Management Committee
Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc. ("IATI") including all registered Business Names, is a community organisation formed in 1989 then incorporated in 1991, to provide advocacy support for people with disability.
The Need for Advocacy
People with disability are in particular need of advocacy because they often experience or are vulnerable to discrimination, neglect, exploitation and/or abuse. They are just as valuable as any other human being regardless of what they do or don't do. They need the same things that all people need to live well in this world; their own place, sense of belonging, love and affection, safety.
We are all connected within a community and in our world and people with disability must be fully included in this. People with disability should not be separated, segregated or isolated. They should be able to make their own decisions, make mistakes, have courage, be fearful, be likeable, be unpleasant just as any other person. This is everyone's basic human right.