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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Find an Advocate

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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What is disability advocacy?

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

  • Inclusive Towns project sees Maldon businesses making town more inclusive for people with disabilities

    NINETEEN Maldon businesses have signed up for the Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Inclusive Project. The collaborative project is being run alongside the City of Greater Bendigo and the Loddon Shire Council.

  • Suspicions Raised Over Autism Advocacy Group Agenda

    The federal government has announced the establishment of an Autism Advisory Group, but suspicions have been raised that the group’s agenda is about excluding people with autism from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

  • Fears over changes to NDIS Funding

    Radio interview on ABC AM The Federal Government has announced it’s establishing an Autism Advisory Group to provide guidance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme on how to best deliver services to the increasing number of people identified as having autism. The move is likely to add to growing concern within the autism community that … Continued

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