Resources

It’s the socially created barriers that disable students, not the conditions they live with

The ways educators orientate to disability is crucial to how they ensure students are not excluded from any aspect of educational participation because of the conditions they live with. An educator’s orientation to disability is also just as important when they are designing and delivering inclusive curriculum. Unfortunately, still too many students with disabilities receive inequitable schooling opportunities in Australia.

NDIS mental health toolkit

The toolkit has information and worksheets to help people know their rights and speak up for themselves. It guides them on how the NDIS works, setting goals and plans and where to find support.  The toolkit has been co-designed with people with lived experience of the NDIS and mental health system to make sure you get the help you need to advocate for what you want under the NDIS’ psychosocial disability stream.

Guidelines on deinstitutionalization, including in emergencies

The guidelines are intended to guide and support States parties, in their efforts to realise the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community, and to be the basis for planning deinstitutionalisation processes and prevention of institutionalisation. Institutionalisation is a discriminatory practice against persons with disabilities, contrary to article 5 of the Convention. It involves de facto denial of the legal capacity of persons with disabilities, in breach of article 12. It constitutes detention and deprivation of liberty based on impairment, contrary to article 14. States parties should recognise institutionalisation as a form of violence against persons with disabilities.

What are human rights?

Lisa, who lives with an acquired brain injury, speaks with Dinesh Wadiwel from the University of Sydney about human rights, their origin, their influence and effect.

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.”

People with intellectual disability can be parents and caregivers too – but the NDIS doesn’t support them

Child protection statistics are a sober reminder of the vulnerability these families face if they fall between the cracks of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mainstream support services. Parenting should be treated as an activity of daily living for people with disability and then supported – rather than ignored – to ensure the best outcomes for parents and children.

Ballina Advocate for People with Disability speaks to the United Nations in New York

Ms Cox says the world continues to collectively experience a global situation of risk, the pandemic continues, armed conflicts, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters continue to happen. ‘Despite these events, state parties and governments have so much more to do to ensure the protection and safety of disabled people.

Spoken word by Emily Dash

Emily Dash is an emerging writer, actor, producer and speaker who works across theatre and screen. Her acclaimed and wide ranging work emphasises social justice issues, community engagement, intersectionality, and expanding perceptions of disability. Watch her spoken word performance about owning your power and taking up space as a person with disability which was presented at the ‘Where To From Here Conference 2022’.

Guardianship Law: a human rights approach Natalie Wade Jun

As a disability rights lawyer who represents people with disabilities and their families every day, I know that there is often a lot of confusion and fear around guardianship laws; especially about why they exist. This article is designed to fill you in on how these laws came to be and what role they have in a modern Australia that acknowledges the human rights of people with disability.

We Need the Leadership of Persons with Disabilities’, Secretary-General Tells States Parties to Convention, Calling for Inclusion on All Fronts

This fifteenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important moment for stocktaking and reflection. With 185 ratifications since its adoption in 2006, the Convention has crystallized the commitment of the international community to realize an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world for all.

Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework: Baseline indicator data for Australians aged 18-64 years

Measuring inequality is essential for identifying the barriers faced by people with disability in exercising their human rights. Evidence of disability-related inequalities can inform action to remove barriers and reduce inequalities. This report presents the first national data using the Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and Indicators, which was developed by the CRE-DH in consultation with people with disability and disability advocates.

Thomas “Marksey” Marks – This Is My Story

Proud Indigenous man Thomas Marks tells his story of being Stolen Gen, incarceration and turning his life around through art. This is his story told in his own words for the Disability Royal Commission.

The Woman Who Changed Disability Laws: Barbara Lisicki On New Drama Adaptation

She inspired a heroic revolution. In the 90s, Barbara Lisicki and her then partner Alan Holdsworth together organised brave, co-ordinated protests that pushed the campaign for disabled rights into the spotlight. They chained themselves to buses and they blocked streets. Wheelchair users were lifted from their chairs by police and laid down in the roads to try to deter them. And now, a new BBC drama will tell the story. Barbara is in the studio to talk about the behind the scenes events that inspired the show.