Whatever it takes? Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services

Self Advocate Heather Forsythe took part in a research project last year exploring the accessibility to domestic and family violence services for women with disabilities. 

You can read the findings here

Prepared by Dr Patsie Frawley, Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion, Deakin University

Adjunct Associate Professor Sue Dyson, Principal Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

Domestic Violence Services

Response to the Consultation Paper: A registration and accreditation scheme for the Victorian disabiliy workforce

The Victorian Government has committed to establishing an independent, legislated registration and accreditation scheme for Victoria’s disability workforce. The scheme is intended to spur high quality services for people with disability by ensuring workers have the necessary skills, experience and qualifications.  

Business People

Families ask government to shut down Autism Plus following damning Ombudsman report

A woman whose son was sexually and physically abused multiple times in a state-funded disability home is calling on the government to shut down the facility immediately.

In December 2016, Fairfax Media revealed that Matthew Thomas, an autistic man who doesn't speak, was raped at least once by another resident at the emergency facility Autism Plus. 

Maria Thomas

NDIS pricing is grossly unfit for purpose

Dear Premier

Issues affecting the future of accommodation support services in Victoria

As you know, VALID actively campaigned for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and remains a committed and active supporter.  VALID’s comments in this letter should not be interpreted as any reduction of support for this vital reform that is fundamental to improving life outcomes for people with disabilities.


Work and Inclusive Employment in Moe

The Living Productive Lives – Employment, Disability and other Dangerous Deeds forum was held on Friday the 7th of June at the High Street Community Hub in Moe

This was the first event conducted by the Moe Peer Action Group (PAG) who have been meeting now for 12 months and have identified getting access to paid work as one of their key issues. 

It was great to see the community of Moe support the event with over 30 people attending the forum from a range of local organisations.


'Mean-minded' NDIS disability scheme a disappointment: advocate

"It was supposed to offer hope, but that's just been trashed".

It's not the way you'd expect the head of one of Victoria's peak disability groups to describe Australia's rapidly growing national scheme for people with disabilities.

But Kevin Stone has had a gutful. At every meeting he goes to, the stories are the same.

Exhausted parents tell him about adult children who have lost funding for their day program, transport or cookery classes.

Or inexpert planners who draw up disability plans over the phone, and never meet the person whose life they shape.


Call for Royal Commission into abuse of people with disability

“As a woman with an intellectual disability, I can say that abuse from people who were supposed to be caring for me has had a very bad long term impact on my life”, says Heather Forsyth. 

Ms Forsyth is Inclusion Australia’s Our Voice Chairperson and knows first-hand the devastating impact abuse and violence against people with disability has on lives.

Inclusion Australia and its member organisations are supporting the call for a Royal Commission into the abuse of people with disability.

Peer Action in Ballarat

The Courier interviewd Mark Thompson, facilitator of the Ballarat Peer Action Group and David Craig, Community Development Coordinator at VALID. They shared their  thoughts on the importance of Peer Support within the NDIS environment. You can read the article here

Peer Group