About DARU

DARU is unique in Australia as a dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. We develop and distribute resources and provide training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up-to-date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria. DARU also hosts regular professional development events including;

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Directory of organisations for agencies delivering disability advocacy as well as complaints bodies, campaigners, support groups and useful referral and information services.

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What is disability advocacy?

Info sheet with overview of advocacy  types, what disability advocates do, why we need advocacy, shifting social models and how advocacy is funded in Victoria.

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In the news

  • Deep scars from abuse in disability homes

    "My daughter is fearful of everything, she's had so much abuse," the mother, referred to as Ms G, told a hearing in Melbourne on Monday. "She didn't ask to be born with the problems she's got, but as a result of what she's been through in the system, she is a very damaged person."

  • Teaching your child about disability and difference

    Every time I step foot outside my door, I steel myself for public reactions. It's natural to stare. Having a visible facial difference (along with multiple disabilities) means prying eyes and a constant stream of comments and questions.

  • No outrage over disability restraints use

    Dr Spivakovsky questioned the lack of public outrage over the use of what many researchers and activists call "disability-specific lawful violence".

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