About DARU

DARU is unique in Australia as a dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. We develop and distribute resources and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria. DARU also hosts regular professional development events including;

dialogue speech bubbles icon  Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and

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Directory of organisations for agencies delivering disability advocacy as well as complaints bodies, campaigners, support groups and useful referral and information services.

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Info sheet with overview of advocacy  types, what disability advocates do, why we need advocacy, shifting social models and how advocacy is funded in Victoria.

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In the news

  • Products mocked as “lazy” or “useless” are often important tools for people with disabilities

    Unwittingly, critics of “useless products” are sitting at the core of a battle the disability community has been engaged in for decades: The right to live in their communities, and to receive the services that enable them to do that. If you can’t use your hands to open a jar of pasta sauce, does that mean you should live in an institution?

  • The use of disabled people as ‘inspiration’ is terribly dated

    Having written about my disability publicly for the guts of nine years, I’ve come to learn that, under the guise of inclusivity, there’s also tokenism and the act of being taken advantage of in the media, creating a misguided perception of disabled people that then feeds into our daily life.

  • An Australian perspective on UN disability development

    The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will welcome Australia’s first female representative to the committee — Rosemary Kayess. “What I do is try to create a framework by which people work,” Kayess explained to Devex. “My contribution through the convention negotiation, especially around article 24 on education, has contributed to disabled person organizations and people with disability having a framework through which they can advocate for their rights.”

Latest tweets

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  • The Labor Government is developing Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 to guide longer-term action… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…