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MEDIA RELEASE: #MakeItSafeToSpeak to the Disability Royal Commission

“People with disability who want to tell their stories to the Royal Commission are holding back, because they know there is a possibility that the perpetrators of violence may gain access to the information they give after the proceedings are done,” says Romola Hollywood, Director Policy and Advocacy, People with Disability Australia (PWDA).

#MakeItSafeToSpeak

The Disability Royal Commission has been running for over a year without offering full confidentiality to people with disability making submissions.   We are being asked to tell our personal stories of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, without a full guarantee that the perpetrators will never have access to the information we give. If we…

Statement of Concern – COVID-19: Human rights, disability and ethical decision-making

This Statement of Concern is made by internationally recognised independent experts in the area of human rights, bioethics and disability who have come together to emphasise key human rights principles and standards that need to underpin ethical decision-making in the context of disability and the COVID-19 pandemic. Downloads Endorsements If you, or your organisation, wishes…

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NATIONAL CABINET: Immediate Actions Required for Australians with Disability in Response to Coronavirus (COVID19)

We are a diverse range of organisations from across Australia, representing the interests of people with disability, their families, carers and support persons. Collectively, we have significant, direct and growing knowledge of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID19) on people with disability in Australia. Australians with disability represent some of the most excluded of all Australians…

Australia’s disability rights to-do list

Here are some of the key concerns about Australia’s implementation of the CRPD that were highlighted by the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Geneva, September 2019: That Australia must make progress to remove its interpretative declaration on Articles, 12. 17 and 18 – this is essential to ensure justice…