DARU Publications

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Shining a light on Social Transformation

This report was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It investigates the early rights movement of people with disability, which “exposed the power relations inherent to the medical model of disability. The report acknowledges that the disability rights movement in Australia has driven important policy and legislative reform for people with disability. However, ‘it has not led to the social transformation required’ by the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

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.

Equitable and inclusive emergency planning and responses

Early and ongoing engagement with people with disability is crucial in ensuring ongoing and future emergency responses are timely, tailored and considered. By adopting proactive approaches and including people with disability in emergency planning, a range of barriers and issues can be prevented and addressed. There is significant scope for access to crisis support, essential supplies, financial assistance and specialised services to be strengthened through better engagement with people with disability, their families and carers, before, during and after times of crisis. 

Supporting Victorians with disability during COVID-19 restrictions

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts people facing disadvantage and marginalisation, who may not have access to the tools, resources and supports to know about, understand,  prepare for,  or comply with public health directives, and remain safe. Social distancing measures and public health directives may prevent people with disability from accessing safe, continuous services, and support from family, friends and carers. Isolation is having an increasing impact on the health and wellbeing of people with disability, their families and carers.

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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.