Key initiatives include:
Disability Justice Strategy
The ACT Government has launched its Disability Justice Strategy to address the disadvantage experienced by people with disability in having equal access to, and treatment before the law.
Supported Decision Making
In their joint project, Advocacy for Inclusion and ADACAS offer training to develop your skills in supporting people who need support to make decisions.
Socio-Legal Practice (SLP) Clinic
The SLP Clinic at Canberra Community Law provides legal advice and intensive social work for people over 18 who have a high degree of vulnerability and have housing, Centrelink or disability discrimination issues.
Advocacy, information and peer support
There are a range of organisations providing advocacy, information and peer support to people with disabilities in Canberra, including: Advocacy for Inclusion, ADACAS, People With Disabilities ACT (PWDACT), Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) and Imagine More.
ACT Discimination and Disability Services Commissioner
The Discrimination Commissioner handles complaints about disability discimination. The Disability and Community Services Commissioner considers complaints about the provision of services for people with disability and/or their carers.
Official Visitors Scheme (OVS)
The aim of the Official Visitor for Disability Services is to improve service quality and create better outcomes for people with disability and their families.
The role of the Public Advocate is to protect and promote the rights and interests of anyone in the ACT who is experiencing vulnerability.
Public Trustee and Guardian
The guardianship function of the former Public Advocate of the ACT joined the Public Trustee for the ACT in forming a new agency, the Public Trustee and Guardian, to provide a more efficient, conjoined service to the community for persons accessing financial management and guardianship services.
How do I make a complaint?
You have the right to raise an issue or make a complaint about the quality of disability supports provided, services you receive, or equipment or other products that you purchase.
Developing skills in producing Easy English or Plain English information will ensure you can make your resources accessible to all Canberrans.
Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards (CMIAs)
The CMIAs provide acknowledgement of the outstanding achievements of businesses, organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in inclusion and access - including in championing rights, justice and equality.
The Future is Inclusive podcast
The Future Is Inclusive is a new, locally produced ten-part podcast that explores the experiences of people with disability, their families and allies, including in episode 8: "Everyone should have access to justice"
Interesting resources - from the ACT and elsewhere:
Disability Discrimination Factsheets are available on the Canberra Community Law website
If you have been the victim of a crime, read about your rights and getting help after a crime and other available supports at the Victim Support ACT website
Zero Tolerance resources on the National Disability Services website. These resources and e-learning programs assist disability service providers to understand, implement and improve practices which safeguard the rights of people they support.
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