DANA hopes to amplify the voices of on-the-ground advocates to ensure their insights and expertise inform the work of the Disability Royal Commission.
DANA Snapshot of COVID-19 Advocacy Demand
This is a report on a brief snapshot taken of demand for disability advocacy services during the period of COVID-19 risk. The survey of advocacy organisations was conducted in late April to early May, and received responses from 35 organisations in total, almost all of which are members of DANA. The results of this snapshot survey draw attention to some worrying emerging issues. In some key areas demand has increased significantly and many organisations have not been able to meet this increased demand, in-part due to the sector already being at or over capacity.
DANA and DRC Workshops – Transcripts
Between October 2020 and March 2021, Disability Advocacy Network of Australia (DANA) collaborated with the Disability Royal Commission (DRC) Community Engagement team, to hold a series of virtual State/Territory focused workshops (one or two in every jurisdiction) on the topics of Restrictive Practices and Segregated Settings, with staff of the DRC in attendance. Identifying details have been removed from the edited transcripts. Participants were informed that sessions would be recorded to capture their insights and observations.
“Advocates Zoom In On…” online discussion series
Between late October and early December 2020, Disability Advocacy Network Australia ran this series of weekly hour-long discussions via Zoom – creating an opportunity for interested advocates to take a closer look at and speak about a number of key topics emerging in the DRC and its examination of abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. Participants were encouraged to share their insights, observations, stories and case studies, and the discussion questions each week included opportunities to share perspectives on what recommendations advocates would like to see being made by the DRC, in relation to the topic in focus. Identifying details have been removed in these edited transcripts.