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Fight For Your Rights

This session was presented at the 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre. This is a biennial event hosted by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), the sector’s peak body.  

Advocacy Using Human Rights Legislation

This slideshow was presented at the 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre. This is a biennial event hosted by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), the sector’s peak body.

Criminally Insane Face Pay-to-Stay Care Charge

Patients at Victoria’s largest hospital for the criminally insane will have a third of their pension deducted as part of a pay-to-stay policy designed to give them ”real life budgeting experience”. Documents obtained by The Age reveal the fee plan was approved by the board of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, known as … Continued

The Fortnightly Newsletter

This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that seeks to address priority issues for women with disabilities in Victoria such as violence; access to health services; reproductive rights and parenting, and; access to employment. Contents include: Women with Disabilities Victoria News Violence Health & Access to Health Services Parenting & Reproductive Rights Access to Employment Human Rights … Continued

Horizon Newsletter

Horizon is a quarterly newsletter published by the Scope Media and Communications Team. It includes stories about people that Scope supports, Scope staff, the disability sector, messages from the CEO and Board, upcoming events and more. It is available in print or CD versions. For  more information on how to subscribe, view archive editions or … Continued

Inside SCOPE

This is a monthly e-newsletter.  It  includes stories about Scope clients, campaigns, staff, upcoming events and more. It is designed to keep you up dated with what’s happening around Scope. SCOPE is one of the largest providers of services to people with a disability in Victoria, and one of the largest not-for-profit organisations in Australia. … Continued

The State Disability Plan: reality or rhetoric?

In its original formulation the State Disability Plan reflected the neoliberal ideology in its attempt to promote social inclusion for people with severe physical disabilities. However, it is my experience that the State Disability Plan has had little positive effect upon the way support services are delivered for people with severe physical disabilities. Indeed, the … Continued

Dance Me To My Song

De Heer’s seventh feature addresses issues of obligation, accountability, need and love, through the conflict between a severely disabled young woman, Julia, and her abusive, short-tempered and lonely carer, Madelaine. Like Heather Rose, the cerebral palsied actor who plays her, Julia is confined to a wheelchair and is able to communicate only through a voice-synthesizer. … Continued

Marlon Noble will Only be Truly Free when his Name is Cleared

Marlon Noble’s release after 10 years behind bars without a trial has been welcomed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes. But both Commissioners have called for the criminal justice system and the mental health system to be more flexible in the way it deals … Continued

Human Rights Advocates Get their Moment to Shine

Ron Merkel QC from Victoria has won the 2011 Human Rights Medal. He was announced as the winner at the Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards in Sydney. Commission President Catherine Branson QC congratulated the Medallists and all winners for their extraordinary efforts in protecting and promoting human rights in Australia. “For 40 years, Ron Merkel … Continued

All I Want for Christmas….is to be Able to Access Foxtel!

Amanda Heal is one of a growing number of blind Foxtel subscribers expressing frustration at the inaccessibility of Foxtel’s services – from Foxtel’s IQ program guide, to the IQ’s recording features, to the inaccessibility of television content for viewers who are blind or vision impaired. Ms Heal, who has been subscribed to Foxtel since 2009, … Continued

Disabled Children Wait 22 Months for Therapy

Children with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism referred nine months ago will not get state-employed speech or occupational therapy until the year after next, according to documents seen by The Age, as waiting times in the northern region stretch up to 22 months. Around 55 children on the northern region’s waiting list will … Continued

A Community for All: Implementing Article 19

A Guide for Monitoring Progress on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The Community for All guide and checklist offers a detailed look at the rights identified in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), especially Article 19 of the CRPD which provides for the … Continued