Welcome to Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
DARU is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.
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The DARU Update is a weekly e-newsletter featuring news items, resources and events of interest to disability advocates as well as providing information about funding opportunities, job vacancies in the sector and how to get involved with inquiries and campaigns.
The Latest from DARU
NDIS in Victoria
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across Victoria from July 2016. For all the latest information about the roll out, eligibility, services the NDIS covers and more, visit the NDIS website.
For research and resources on ‘what works’ for NDIS participants and service providers, visit the Centre for Applied Disability Research’s Disability Knowledge Clearing House.
Advocacy Sector Conversations
The aim of this forum series is to discuss matters which directly impact on the practice of disability. Dates for 2016 are 1 March, 23 June and 24 November. The first forum had an NDIS focus and the audio, transcript and other resources is now available from the forum summaries page.
New YouTube DARU channel
DARU is now on YouTube. Our beautiful video on the rights under the UN Convention is available and the Rights Tough playlist from this year’s conference. We’ve also found some talks by advocates that you might find interesting. Check out the DARU channel on YouTube
New to the Resource Library
Ensuring that your employees, customers and stakeholders are able to access your premises, products and services in a safe, equitable and dignified way is an integral part of being a disability confident organisation. Design for Dignity assists organisations to build dignified access into their upfront design, as well as mapping out practical strategies to improve existing … Continue reading
In August 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services commenced a review of the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program to look at the effectiveness of the current advocacy models and examine the benefits and risks emerging from a range of inquiries and policy reform including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The department has produced a … Continue reading
The idea of this survey is to rate how well mainstream schools and pre-schools (including Kindergartens) are meeting their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE), which have been formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) and more broadly, the inclusion experience. This survey should only be completed in relation to students … Continue reading
DANA is the national representative body for a network of advocacy organisations throughout Australia. It’s mission is to strengthen and support these disability advocacy organisations across the country. Our members believe that gaps exist in the provision of advocacy due to a range of factors i.e. lack of funding, lack of advocacy hours, restricted ability … Continue reading
DANA is the national representative body for a network of advocacy organisations throughout Australia. Their mission is to strengthen and support disability advocacy organisations across the country. DANA is calling on advocates to share their experiences with the National Disability Insurance Scheme by completing this survey. Your responses will help identify challenges and opportunities that can be … Continue reading
Jane Rosengrave has an intellectual disability and takes Lateline back to the institution in regional Victoria where she claims she was sexually abused by multiple perpetrators.
In the News
After 20 years in Australia, Bhajan Kaur’s application for a visa has been refused and she faces having to return to Singapore where she has no family.
Being an ally to the disability community isn’t a token effort, it’s not a light little thing that you buy or forward or pass on. It’s a deeper effort of seeing, establishing, sustaining and strengthening connections with people who might seem really different from yourself. It’s about reaching out and standing up for things that may not … Continue reading
Victoria is increasingly facing fire and flood emergencies, raising a host of challenges to prepare for. One of them is how to better meet the needs of people with a disability.
VCOSS has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of a ‘zero tolerance approach’ to abuse of people with a disability, in response to a recent parliamentary inquiry. “But this repugnant issue of abuse is unlikely to be solved in a mere twelve months and it is vital that the short-term, one-off funding is backed up by … Continue reading
A Geelong family is taking on the National Disability Insurance Agency in a test case push for clearer funding policy.
National disability groups are calling on Federal Senators to block a Bill that will reduce transport support for people with disability. “People with disability face significant barriers to accessing transport which can limit their ability to work, participate in education or other community and economic activities. The current Mobility Allowance is already inadequate to cover … Continue reading
- Mon 5th Dec, 2016
Time: 1pm- 4pm
Hosted by City of Boroondara
Raising Awareness of transport options for people with all abilities and mobility requirements..
- Mon 5th Dec, 2016
Hosted by Moonee Valley Council
This event is part of the program marking International Day of People with Disability.
- Tue 6th Dec, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM AEDT
Hosted by VCOSS and Bank Australia
You are invited to participate in this forum exploring co-design theory and practice Co-design begins with people – their experiences, perspectives, values, challenges and understandings.
- Wed 7th Dec, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hosted by Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission
Access, diversity and inclusion in employment is the theme for this year’s Oration.
- Fri 9th Dec, 2016
Hosted by Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group
Graeme Innes AM, the wellknown disability advocate, former Human Rights Commissioner and public figure, is our speaker on “Reimagining Disability in Australia”.
- Fri 9th Dec, 2016
Hosted by Department of Premier and Cabinet and VPC Continuous Improvement and Innovation Network
You are invited to celebrate this important day with an interesting lunchtime seminar with Graeme Innes AM – Board Director, Human Rights Activist, Cricket Tragic and Sailor and other guests including: AMAZE – Victoria’s peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria.