Resources

‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: 16 Moments in the Fight for Disability Rights

The disability civil rights movement has many distinct narratives, but the prevailing themes are of community, justice and equity. As with every other civil rights movement, the fight for disability rights is one that challenges negative attitudes and pushes back against oppression. But it is also more complex.

Failing through the Gaps

Somewhere along the way, we seemed to have developed self-serving, compliance focussed systems designed to appease auditors rather than safeguard people. In a time of scarce resources and transformational change, this seems absurd, even negligent. Why does our sector accept it? 

Greater Safety For Victorians With Disability

Victorians with a disability will have greater protections thanks to new safeguards introduced by the Victorian Government, which commence today under the new Victorian Disability Worker Commission. The safeguards are part of the Government’s zero-tolerance approach to neglect and abuse of people with disability, developed in response to recommendations of the Victorian Parliament’s 2016 Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services.

Ep06: Human rights and disability

Hear Leah van Poppel, alongside ermha365’s Social Policy and Advocacy Advisory Isabel Calvert, discuss the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how it impacts on the disability sector.

Violence, abuse, neglect’: three Melbourne special schools in probe

Three special schools in Melbourne will be investigated over a series of allegations of “violence, abuse and serious neglect” of students with disabilities over the past 10 years. Victoria’s Department of Education and Training has launched an investigation into multiple claims of mistreatment of vulnerable children at Marnebek School in Cranbourne East, Jackson School in St Albans and Southern Autistic School in Bentleigh East.

Podcast: Sam Connor on being difficult

This week, Sam Connor, fierce advocate and self-professed “social media assassin” speaks about safeguards, self-advocacy and why she doesn’t care if you think she’s nice.

Tragic neglect: Who is checking on the NDIS’ most vulnerable?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an effective system of care and support for Australians with a disability as long as they can advocate for their needs, but there is no proactive mechanism to check on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable participants in the scheme.

The tragic death of Ann-Marie Smith has shocked us all

The essence of human rights is the right of everyone to live a dignified life. A life with shelter, food, access to health care, safety, inclusion in the community and respect. As a community we should value human rights because we value people. People from all backgrounds, living circumstances and abilities. People like Ann-Marie. A police investigation is now underway, and Ann-Marie’s death has been declared a major crime.