DARU Publications

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Clearing a path to full inclusion of people with disability in emergency management policy and practice in Australia

Closing date: July 14, 2021

This issues paper was prepared in response to the lived experience and literature presented at the Disability and Disaster Resilience forum hosted by DARU on 27 August 2020 which built a picture of the roadblocks to safety and wellbeing for Australians with disability in emergency management. What’s missing are methods, tools and programmatic guidance on how to include people with disability and their support needs in emergency management practice and policy formulation. This presents significant risk to the safety and wellbeing of people with disability before, during and after emergencies. This paper distills six key issues that present barriers to the full inclusion of people with disability in emergency management and 5 practical actions that institutions with responsibility for emergency management and other stakeholders can undertake.

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Disability Meets Disaster: Case studies

Disasters amplify the existing fault lines already experienced by people with disability to live an ordinary life. The best way to truly understand the impact of disasters on people with disability is to hear their stories first hand.  Let’s hear what Mark, Tim and James experienced in the midst of 2020’s disasters.

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Best practice in disability advocacy – Course promo

This course is a foundation in how to provide best practice individual advocacy. You will learn how a person with disability works through advocacy issues with the assistance of advocates from a fictional disability advocacy organisation – All Areas Advocacy. Working through a series of real life scenarios you will get practical experience in applying the principles and skills of disability advocacy.

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Conference Resources for SDAC19

The Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference was held at NAB The Hall on Monday 2 September 2019. The theme was Advocacy Under Pressure which focussed in on national systems effecting the work of advocacy right across Australia. Session videos, voxpop interviews and photo galleries are now available.

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Principles of Disability Advocacy: Nothing about us without us

The aim of this document is to provide a useful starting point for discussion within advocacy organisations for developing rights based policies and procedures. This document replaces the Disability Advocacy Code of Conduct thatwas developed in 2011.

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Empowered Lives: Securing Change for Victorians with Disability

Empowered Lives outlines the key systemic issues facing Victorians with disability in their interactions with Victorian Government systems, and sets out achievable actions the Government can take to provide more opportunities for people with disability, more inclusive environments and communities, and stronger support when needed. It has been developed by people with disability, advocates and organisations across the Victorian disability community, reflecting a shared commitment to achieving the rights of Victorians with disability.