Resource Library

Come Over to My House

This delightful picture bookexplores the home lives of children and parents who are Deaf or disabled. Featuring a gorgeous die-cut cover, bright illustrations and a diverse cast, this is a must-read for all families.  A cast of friendly characters invite friends over for a play – there’s fun to be had, food to eat and families to meet!… RRP $24.99. –

Let us in!

Australia, the land of the fair go. But do we really live with equal rights and opportunity? Let Us In! explores this theme through the lens of disability. What is it like to live in Australia as a person with disability? Is there a fair go, are we stuck in the past or is it just too hard? Join Kurt Fearnley and Sarah Shands as they unpack some of the big issues for people with disability in modern Australia. Transport, living with COVID, education, access and employment. Things that most people take for granted but for many Australians with disability are a daily struggle.

My Home, My Way

Why do so many believe that the only option for people with developmental disabilities once they leave their family home, is to live in a group home. My Home, My Way challenges that idea. In this wealth of resources written or produced by people with disability, and their supporters, you will discover how people, no matter what their needs, are living in their own home and enjoying rich and meaningful lives. They share their stories and experiences in this collection of videos, podcasts and articles that show how much more is possible.

CRPD requires segregated education to be phased out: Expert opinion for Disability Royal Commission rejects Australian Government’s position

The bottom line of that analysis is although … a contested issue, my own view is the better view of the Convention’s obligation, in particular Article 24, is that Australia needs to move progressively over some time to have [a] transformed system with inclusive education, which does not, as a matter of principle, include special schools as a long-term separate form of education. And I think that is also a position taken by the CRPD Committee.”

Experts in Our Health

Experts in Our Health resources build the knowledge, skills and confidence of Victorian women with disabilities to exercise their right to accessible health information and services, and to inform the delivery of health services in their communities.  They have been co-designed with a team of lived experience Experts and are for women with disabilities and health workforces.  Resources include Expert in Our Health Guide, series of fact sheets, posters and videos. All have been produced in a variety of accessible formats.   

Access to support for working-age Australians with disability without individual NDIS funding

More than 500,000 Australians with disability receive individual funding through the NDIS to purchase services and supports to meet their disability-related needs. But the overwhelming majority of the 4.4. million Australians with disability are not NDIS participants. This research examines if and how people with disability aged 18-64 years who are not NDIS participants are finding and using any support and services they need to participate in society and the economy.

Line of sight: Refocussing Victoria’s adult safeguarding laws and practices

This report draws on de-identified stories that starkly illustrate the impact of the system failures on adults who are at-risk. It identifies gaps and failures in the current framework and makes seven recommendations to improve Victoria’s safeguarding laws and practices for all at-risk adults. The recommendations aim to ensure that we do not lose sight … Continued

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Casey and Reece talk about making choices and decisions. This video is designed to teach young people with intellectual disability about choice and decision making.

And You Think You’re the Expert

This podcast series discusses intellectual disability, accessibility and violence and was created in collaboration with women with intellectual disability. Experts are interviewed about how they work with women with intellectual disability who have experienced violence. They share their wisdom around what workers and services could be doing to work better with this group of women.

New Disability Employment Support Model – Consultation report

The current Disability Employment Services (DES) programs end in June 2023. The consultation report summarises public feedback gathered via a submission process that closed in February 2021. The consultation asked for ideas on how to boost jobs outcomes for disabled people. Key issues identified were reducing jobs barriers, allowing better access to jobs services, and providing more holistic, wrap-around services and complementary supports. People with disability also needed clearer information on supports available to them as well as greater flexibility in program and service delivery.

Guideline: How to claim from my plan

The updated Operational Guideline has information about how to make a claim after receiving an approved support and outlines all types of plan management (self-managed, using a registered plan manager or Agency-managed) and shows you: how to pay providers who claims for your supports what needs to be checked before a claim is made how … Continued

Know your rights and the principles under the Mental Health Act 2014

These resources provide a simple, accessible way for consumers, carers and their families, as well as lived experience workers and staff, to quickly understand, educate and communicate Victorian mental health rights and principles under the Act. The resource includes a series of social media posts and images, as well as download versions that can be used as reference guides

PS Project: Connecting with people who lived in institutions

Through a survey and online interviews, people who used to live in Victorian Government institutions were asked how they are going, and what could be improved. They shared things they do and what they have in their life, like support, friends and community. The responses showed that they are not having as good a life as they should. A series of tip sheets, templates, information sheets and plain English posters have been created to support staff and organisations to empower people with disability living in accommodation settings.

Building a stronger foundation: Submission to the National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-2025

The National Disability Advocacy Framework is a shared commitment to disability advocacy between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to ensure there is access to advocacy services for all people with disabilities nation-wide. However, the current state of play is that advocacy – a key safeguard – is not currently assured.

Specialist Disability Accommodation Guidelines

Different types of home and living supports will suit different people. Specialist disability accommodation has been designed to meet the needs for people living with disability who have very high support needs.  Most participants don’t need to live in specialist disability accommodation, and there may be other home and living supports that better suit your needs and preferences. The guidelines will clarify what options are available to you and how to get specialist disability accommodation into your budget if you are eligible.