Advocacy, peer support and/or representative organisations are engaging with their networks to inform, raise awareness and get people with disability involved in the Disability Royal Commission (DRC). Diverse activities in a range of formats and media are needed to reach out to everyone. Do you have an example that’s worked well or a story to share from your organisation/region?
Share them here or email policy (at) dana.org.au
Action for More Independence & Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA)
Raising Our Voices on 3CR radio – Raising Our Voices is a radio program about housing and other issues produced by people with disabilities. An episode focused on the DRC aired 13 May 2020, featuring Self Advocates Colin Hiscoe and Jane Rosengrave
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association NSW (MDAA)
“Empowering those with a disability from CALD backgrounds to have a voice” – This article in the Fairfield City Champion newspaper explains how MDAA can help the voices of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to be heard, including through helping people like Cuneyt Yusef to make submissions on how Australian systems can be improved.
Speak Out Association of Tasmania
Connect, edition 4 of the official DRC newsletter featured a story about an online forum held for people with intellectual disability. Self-advocates with intellectual disability and the Tasmanian Advocacy Service Speak Out Association of Tasmania shared their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT)
‘Women with disability want respect and autonomy’ (in Connect, 2 February edition) of the DRC newsletter describes a co-designed focus group with WWDACT members in late 2020. Participants voiced experiences on the impact of violence and disrepect, and contributed suggestions on the health system, decision making, and accessibility of housing and services.
For more examples of how advocacy organisations are raising awareness of DRC processes by creating resources, including documents, online materials and videos, see the DRC Resources page.