DARU Publications

Canary in the coal mine? The value of disability advocacy

The role of disability advocates is a vital part of protecting the rights of people with disability, giving them a voice, and helping them to self-advocate. They are also the “canary in the coal mine” – as frontline workers advocates have insight and knowledge of when abuse and injustice is taking place, and are able … Continued

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Disability Advocacy and the NDIS Course Promo

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was welcomed in 2013. But it’s become complicated. The onus falls on people with disability to put their support needs into NDIS language, but much is lost in translation. So who can assist when misunderstandings arise and who can step in when things go wrong? In this short course you will learn about how the role of Disability Advocacy intersects with a Participants NDIS journey, and how this role differs from those of Local Area Coordinators and Support Coordinators.

Restrictive practices – tips for disability advocacy course promo

In March 2021 the NDIA released the Regulated Restrictive Practices Guide which identifies each regulated restrictive practice and provides practice advice consistent with a positive behaviour support framework and contemporary evidence informed practice. This short course summarises content presented at an Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum presented by volunteer advocate,Julie Phillips. Topics include the guidelines unpacked, … Continued

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Clearing a path to full inclusion of people with disability in emergency management policy and practice in Australia

This issues paper was prepared in response to the lived experience and literature presented at the Disability and Disaster Resilience forum hosted by DARU on 27 August 2020 which built a picture of the roadblocks to safety and wellbeing for Australians with disability in emergency management. What’s missing are methods, tools and programmatic guidance on how to include people with disability and their support needs in emergency management practice and policy formulation. This presents significant risk to the safety and wellbeing of people with disability before, during and after emergencies. This paper distills six key issues that present barriers to the full inclusion of people with disability in emergency management and 5 practical actions that institutions with responsibility for emergency management and other stakeholders can undertake.

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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.