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Five winning tips to effective advocacy with your school

The ACD Support team helps hundreds of Victorian families to advocate on behalf of their children with a disability. These are their top tips to help families work in partnership with schools to maximise their child’s school experience. Gather information and consider the outcome you want before entering a meeting with the school – writing […]

This entry was posted on January 18, 2016

Families and service providers must both be supported to change the culture around reporting incidences of abuse

Response to Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass’ article in the Age published 12th January 2016 Tuesday’s article in The Age (‘Shocking’ abuse of Victorians with disabilities) by the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, highlights the immense challenges around the abuse of people with disabilities and rightly calls on all parts of the disability sector to fully appreciate […]

This entry was posted on January 13, 2016

Merry Christmas from all at ACD!

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss Seasons greetings from everyone at ACD. We hope that your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter throughout the New Year. From the Staff and Committee of Management at ACD. Office closure […]

This entry was posted on December 16, 2015
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Sharing Our Story Training resource is now available

ACD is proud to announce the release of Sharing Our Story, a highly engaging adult learning tool aimed at tertiary students and service providers who work with children with a disability. It is designed to stimulate discussion and encourage a greater understanding of disability from a family perspective enabling professionals to work in partnership with […]

This entry was posted on September 4, 2015

Experts to inform national carer gateway

From December 2015, the national carer gateway will be the front door for government support and information for all carers, regardless of who they care for. The announcement comes after the federal government allocation of $33.7 million in the 2015/16 budget. The idea behind the Carer Gateway Advisory Group is that its members will draw […]

This entry was posted on July 9, 2015

Disability Advocacy Review

The Department of Social Services is leading a review into the National Disability Advocacy Framework which was endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Ministers back in 2012. The National Disability Advocacy Framework provides a structure for governments to work within to enable and support people with disability to protect their rights and overcome barriers. […]

This entry was posted on June 24, 2015

Senate Enquiry into Students with a Disability

A senate inquiry will be launched into students with a disability and their experiences including the allegations of abuse as well as current levels of access for students with disability in the school system. The motion, moved on behalf of Labor Senator, Kim Carr, and newly Independent Queensland Senator, Glenn Lazarus, called for the inquiry […]

This entry was posted on June 24, 2015

Hospital Encounters of People with Cognitive Disability

A study is being conducted by the La Trobe University Living with Disability Research Centre. Research from Australia and other countries has shown that people with cognitive disabilities have difficult hospital encounters and poor outcomes. To learn more about this research, read their here:  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/505 They are looking for participants who are over 18, live […]

This entry was posted on June 23, 2015

Your Relationship with Complex Service Systems

Are you a parent of a child (including adult children) affected by a genetic condition that requires high-level care in order to meet their basic daily needs? The research team from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, are interested in the relationships that parents have with the many services they are […]

This entry was posted on June 23, 2015

Mental Health Care for Mothers of Children with a Disability

“Investigating the Needs, Gaps and Barriers to Mental Health Care for Mothers of Children with a Disability” University of Melbourne are conducting the above study to improve the understanding of the mental health care needs of mothers of children with a disability. All mothers who care for a child (0-18 years) with a disability are […]

This entry was posted on June 16, 2015