A panel discussion of successful examples of disability advocacy and self advocacy organisations working together for change. The session will include discussions about the long term mutual benefits and outcomes that can be achieved as a result of disability advocacy organisations working in partnership with self advocacy groups.
Tuesday 27th March, 2012: 12:30am - 1:30am
Paul Ramcharan, Associate Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
en involved in research with, for and about people with intellectual disability for 23 years and has maintained an interest in the development of self advocacy for most of those years.Photo of Paul Ramcharan, Associate Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Pauline Williams, Advocate, Action for More Independence and Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA)
During her 16 years at AMIDA, Pauline’s role has included systemic advocacy to achieve such goals as the inclusion in law of residential rights for people with a disability living in shared supported accommodation. AMIDA is involved in promoting these rights to residents empowering them in how to use their rights and Pauline has coordinated the creation of training resources for this purpose.
Jen has a background in nursing and also as a sessional – teacher in Community Services at TAFE. She has worked in the Community Sector for the past eight years as a disability advocate and Executive Officer with Gippsland Disability Advocacy.Photo of Jen Rowley,
Colin Hiscoe, Training Officer, Reinforce
Colin is passionate about improving the lives of people living in Community Residential Units (CRU) and has committed his life to fighting for the rights of people with a disability.Photo of Colin Hiscoe, Training Officer, Reinforce
Rachel Walters, Self Advocate, New Wave
Rachel is a proud mum and works part-time. She is also a member of Gippsland Disability Advocacy and is part of the New Wave team that runs the New Wave Self Advocacy Centre which is based in the Gippsland Disability Advocacy Office.Photo of Rachel Walters, Self Advocate, New Wave
Sue Smith, Coordinator, Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
Sue works at SARU and enjoys sharing advice and ideas gained from her thirty years’ experience in self advocacy and community development. She is currently the chairperson of start Community Art and has helped manage community arts projects in partnership with community organisations including Compassionate Friends, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre, Warrior Women and Reinforce. … ContinuedPhoto of Sue Smith, Coordinator, Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)