On 3 December we acknowledge International Day of People with Disabilities. The United Nations theme for IDPwD 2023 is ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities.’ We know that in Australia, there are so many things that need to change to realise the … Continued
Angela is a visual arts student who completed DARU’s disability inclusion micro course. She loved it so much that she was moved to create a visual presentation summing up what she’d learnt. Here it is:
Systemic advocacy is all about creating positive change for many people. In this course Dr George Taleporos, disability rights advocate, expert in disability service reform, PhD (psych), and Policy Manager at the Summer Foundation and Amy Ferguson,Managing Director at For Purpose, will give you the tools to create positive systemic change for people with disability. … Continued
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was welcomed in 2013. Its purpose was to realise a human rights based disability support system that would offer people with disability choice and control around the reasonable and necessary supports they need in order to live an ordinary life. This information sheet shows where the role of Disability Advocate intersects along the NDIS journey and how this role differs from those of Local Area Coordinator and Support Coordinator.
People with disability continue to experience significant barriers to social inclusion, equal opportunity in education and employment, discrimination in health and housing, and lack of financial security. This is despite reforms and legislation to protect against these unfair outcomes. It’s the attitudinal and systemic discrimination that legislation can’t protect against. These are the barriers that … Continued
The concept that all human beings are born free and equal with dignity and rights is not new, but it has taken a long time for that concept to translate to how people with disability are treated and included in everyday life. Despite a dedicated international convention being in place, making rights real for people with disability is still slow largely due to underlying attitudes and presumptions held in society. In this short course you will learn How the models of disability describe attitudes that either hinder or advance the rights of people with disability, and you will understand that how we talk about disability matters.
Disability awareness is generally low in the broader community. Have you ever found yourself not making the effort to connect out of fear of saying or doing the wrong thing? Well, it’s just this that makes people with disability feel invisible and excluded. In this short course you will learn to understand what inclusion means to people with disability, what disability etiquette is and how to meet, write and talk about people with disability.
DARU courses are designed primarily for advocates working within funded disability advocacy organisations to supports skill development for providing human rights based advocacy practice. However everyone is welcome to give them a go. The courses are: Available online free of charge Structured with self paced modules that you can complete at your convenience unaccredited but … Continued
Just like designing an accessible website or face to face meeting, a bit of planning and consideration is all it takes to make your online meeting accessible. This short resource will help you make your online meetings more inclusive.
This information sheet introduces the concept of human rights and demonstrates why the human rights model is the most useful framework in advancing the rights of people with disability. It builds on, and extends the social model of disability, highlighting the shortfalls and key differences. It further explains why the medical and charitable models of disability are not consistent with human rights principles.
This brochure is a guide to disability inclusion and how to ensure we can all live and work in an accessible world. Every Australian has a role to play in creating positive change and breaking down barriers.
Need help from an advocate to access the NDIS? This booklet contains information for people living in Victoria. It includes some frequently asked questions and a list of organisations which can help you. Use the links in the sidebar to navigate this brochure. Disclaimer: The material in this publication is a general guide only. It is … Continued
This brochure is the promotional flyer for DARU’s online course ‘An Introduction to Disability Advocacy’. This course will introduce you to the human rights framework, the basics of disability discrimination law and what protections exist against abuse and neglect, and start applying advocacy practice.
DARU works with organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. We develop and distribute resources to keep disability advocates up to date and informed about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.
It is important that the sector develops and uses consistent messaging across all stakeholder groups from Government to people with disabilities to the general public to achieve ‘cut- through’, connect with the people that matter and above all, have important core messages ‘heard’ in a meaningful and effective way.