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Hear Us: Research Study of the experiences of persons with Complex Communications Needs in accessing justice.
Disability Advocacy Victoria Inc. are pleased to share the release of a research study conducted by Dr Margaret Camilleri, senior lecturer of criminal justice and Dr Cassie Pedersen, research assistant, from Federation University, Australia. The study aims to better understand, and to make visible, the often
invisible experiences with the civil or criminal justice system of persons who identified as having a Complex Communication Needs.
The study was conducted in collaboration with Disability Advocacy Victoria, particularly, Communication Rights Australia and the Disability Discrimination Legal Services, as well as Women with Disability Victoria and Disability Advocacy Resource Unit.
If you would like to read the study, it can be found here.
Victoria Police came under fire in the media in April 2018, for the manner in which 6 police officers treated a disability pensioner outside his home in October 2017. Footage of the incident was caught on the pensioner's CCTV and released to the media in April 2018. DAV Board member, Julie Phillips, was asked to comment about the incident in an interview with the NewDaily:
“What’s disappointing is that Victoria Police have been very engaged with the disability community and representatives including ourselves to try and improve the police response to people with disabilities. But what’s not happening is changes on the ground. It’s outrageous that these sorts of things continue to happen in Victoria and Australia where the symptoms of people with disability which are due to autism or mental illness are being interpreted as people being deliberately obstructive.”
A paralympian competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games reported to the media that she was expected to wait an hour for assistance to use the toilet on a flight in April 2018. She claimed that airline staff did not want her crawling on the floor to access the toilet independently, as this may have upset other passengers. DAV Chairperson, Melanie Muir, was interviewed by The NewDaily about the incident. The full text of the article may be viewed here.
Read Disability Advocacy Victoria's letter to James Merlino regarding his media release "New Support to Better Protect our Teachers and Students" of 15 February 2018 and regarding his comments about the quality of education in Victoria reported in an article in The Age of 6 February 2018 here.
Victoria Legal Aid have released an Options Paper detailing possible changes to the means test and contributions policy in relation to eligibility for legal assistance. Submissions are due on 11 June 2017.
Consultations on the NDIS draft Code of Conduct are due on 21 June 2017. The code governs service delivery for the NDIS, establishing expectations for providers and workers and enabling action against providers and workers where a breach occurs.
The Cross Sectoral Alliance to Respond to the Royal Commission into Family Violence has drafted Principles of Co-design in support of the principles underpinning the Commission's recommendations for reform.
There have been lots of inquiries and investigations in the disability sector this year, which has given us many opportunities to provide valuable input and make a systemic difference. If you would like to contribute to DAV's current submissions or read the submissions we have already sent, visit our submissions page.
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) update - Step in the Right Direction on Federal Funding
You can read about the Federal Government's recent $600,000 funding commitment to support national organisations representing people with disability and their families here.