Food a human-rights issue for people with disability

Supporting the rights and needs of people with disability for equal access to safe, nutritious and enjoyable food is the call behind Dietitians Australia’s latest submission to the Disability Royal Commission.

Something Stronger – Truth-telling on hurt and loss, strength and healing, from First Nations people with disability’

This report was commissioned by the Disability Royal Commission and looks at how First Nations people with disability speak about their experience of violence and abuse. It finds that First Nations people with disability are less likely to discuss issues of violence and abuse with others outside their community because their experiences are too ‘raw’ to talk about. They often mention the terms ‘loss’ and ‘lost’ in reference to traumatic events.

Examining language and vocabulary used by people living with disability

This report was commissioned by the Disability Royal Commission to explore how people with disability use language, as well as concepts such as safety, inclusion, belonging and self-determination. The report finds that people with disability interpret the terms violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in a very broad way. They could even construe help from others as violent or abusive behaviour.

Interim report

The report sets out what the Royal Commission has done in its first 15 months, the cut-off point being 31 July 2020.  The report says people with disability experience attitudinal, environmental, institutional and communication barriers to achieving inclusion within Australian society.  It shows that a great deal needs to be done to ensure that the human rights of people with disability are respected and that Australia becomes a truly inclusive society.

Interim report details widespread abuse against people with disability in Australia

The disability royal commission’s interim report was handed down on Friday, detailing how people with disability were experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation across all aspects of their lives. The 561-page report outlines the attitudinal, environmental, institutional and communication barriers people with disability face when seeking inclusion within Australian society.  

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – An Assessment of Australia’s Level of Compliance

In this research report, the author examined the articles of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to determine how well Australia is doing in improving the lives of its citizens with disability. This wide ranging assessment looks at 30 Articles to the UN Convention that affect Australians living with disability including the explanation of disability, transport, women and girls with disability, children and emergencies. The report finds that Australia is not upholding United Nations human rights protocols for people with disability and could do more to legislate greater rights for people with disability.

Persons with Disability and the Australian Constitution

This research report investigated the extent and use of the Commonwealth’s legislative powers that enable it to provide support for and protect the rights of people with disability. It has found three distinct periods of time in which the Commonwealth positively moved to support its citizens with disability. It also says there is more scope for the Commonwealth to further expand its support for persons with disability and its legislative protection of their rights.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Shining a light on Social Transformation

This report describes the international human rights context in which the Royal Commission operates. The report investigated the early rights movement of people with disability from the 1960s and 1970s through to the present day, which “exposed the power relations inherent to the medical model of disability, and which is commonly referred to as ‘ableism’”.

Disability royal commission: People living with disability paint a bleak picture of education exclusion and neglect

At Public Hearing 7, focused on “barriers to accessing a safe, quality and inclusive school education and life course impacts”, the commission received submissions and heard raw and compelling oral testimony from young people and their families who described experiences of exclusion, violence and neglect.  Collectively, their testimony painted a sobering picture of how the education system continues to fail many people with disability.

Advocates say royal commission must #MakeItSafeToSpeak

Disability advocates fear the most severe cases of systemic abuse will not be exposed during the royal commission unless greater privacy protections are given to people making submissions.   

Public hearing 3 report – The experience of living in a group home for people with disability

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December 2019. It inquired into homes and living for people with disability in Victoria and particularly the experiences of people who have lived or are currently living in group homes. This report finds that the closure of large institutions housing people with disability, with the resulting development of group homes has not eliminated institutional forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability, particularly those with serious intellectual disabilities.

People with disability denied care choices

Far too many people with a disability are denied choices about their accommodation, often leading to neglect and abuse, a royal commission says. It said a shift from large housing complexes to smaller group homes had not eliminated institutional forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.