Monday, 21 April 2014

Advocacy and rights: news and opinion

Delays fuel fears about future of Disability Commissioner
Judith Ireland, Sydney Morning Herald, 10th April, 2014
Outgoing Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes has flagged concerns that no public process has begun to find a replacement for him in time for his July departure and that the disability role within the Human Rights Commission may be downgraded when he leaves ...

School eliminates boy with Down syndrome from group photo
Eri Iguchi and Yuichi Yamada, The Asahi Shimbun, 13th April 2014
A municipal elementary school in Nagano Prefecture excluded a boy with Down syndrome from a commemorative photo for a newly enrolled class earlier this month to avoid upsetting other parents. According to the boy's mother, the principal told her that the school can have two versions of the group picture taken: one with all the new pupils, and the other without the boy ...

An unlikely hero
gimpled, 14th April 2014
Somewhere in Perth, there lives a hero. The young woman I speak of is only 29 years old. She is an unlikely hero in the eyes of the public – she is severely affected by cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair for mobility ...

Congress To Weigh Police Interactions With Disability Community
Danielle Gaines, Frederick News-Post (via Disability Scoop), 15th April 2014
Patti Saylor will share the story of her son Ethan’s death before a congressional committee later this month, national Down syndrome associations announced Monday ...

Who's afraid of anti-discrimination laws?
Rachel Ball, The Drum, 17th April 2014
Appeals to freedom are essentially calls to prioritise a right to discriminate over fair and equal access to employment, education and services, writes Rachel Ball ...

National Disability Advocacy Program videos
The National Disability Advocacy Program videos are now available on YouTube.

Produced in collaboration with disability advocacy agencies and the department, they ensure people with disability, their families and carers have access to information on the role disability advocacy can play in their life, the responsibilities of advocacy organisations and how to access advocacy support. 

Under the National Disability Advocacy Program the Australian Government funds agencies across Australia to provide people with disability access to effective disability advocacy that promotes, protects and ensures their full and equal enjoyment of all human rights enabling full community participation.

This funding means that people with disability of all ages can receive support from one of these agencies free of charge.
Information about the six advocacy models funded under the NDAP are included, with stories told by people with disability, those who benefited from advocacy support, and the advocates who work with them.

The videos are also available through the DSS websiteTo obtain a copy or for further information about the DVD or NDAP, email

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