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VALID8 and Participant Empowerment

photo of the VALID8 team Zoe, Jenny, Greg, William, Sara, Anthony, Suzannah and AJ

VALID employs and trains people with an intellectual disability to co-design and conduct quality assurance processes focused on self advocacy practices within disability group homes.

The VALID8 tool began as a self-audit of service user empowerment practice in Disability Services, a means by which services were able to define and develop best practice measures for the empowerment of their participants.

The VALID8 tool has evolved into the ‘VALID8 Service User Review of Empowerment Practice Tool’, a mechanism to enhance and help assure the quality of self-advocacy and empowerment practices within disability residential service agencies.

The VALID8 framework is consistent with the National Disability Standards and requires evidence of achievement in all aspect of service user empowerment, including:

  • Person-centred planning
  • Support for decision-making
  • Participation in organisational governance
  • Involvement in service decision-making
  • Skill development opportunities
  • Input into quality processes
  • Wellbeing
  • Community participation outcomes


What makes the VALID8 truly exciting is that the reviews will be conducted by self-advocates.

VALID looks forward to this new partnership with DHHS and the outcomes that VALID8 provides for people living in disability group homes.

Strengthening Resident Empowerment

This initiative aims to promote the empowerment of people with disabilities living in Supported Disability Accommodation across Victoria.

VALID Self Advocacy provides support to:

  • individual disability group homes to promote empowerment and self-determination, mainly through the establishment of resident meetings and assistance with Easy English pictorial information.
  • individual residents in disability group homes to assist their representation on Resident Focus Groups and Speaking Up For Yourself (SUFY) groups

Strengthening self-determination in Centre Based Disability Services

VALID Self Advocacy supports Centre Based Disability Services with:

  • strategies that promote participant involvement in both individual decision-making and organisational decision-making at every level
  • development of advisory or representative groups
  • quality initiatives and accessible resources


VALID Self Advocacy provides a range of workshops including:

  • rights and responsibilities (in a range of settings)
  • complaints
  • bullying and cyberbullying
  • respectful relationships
  • advisory group roles
  • foundations and powerlessness
  • having a say in your service
  • meeting rights and responsibilities
  • voting
  • self advocacy and human rights

Contact Details

If you would like to inquire about VALID’s self advocacy initiatives or want more information contact Rick on 03 9416 4003 or email: [email protected]

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