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Legal barriers for people with disability - enews

Milestones

This enews marks the first major milestone of this Inquiry, the release of our Issues Paper! It’s a week or two later than we flagged in our “save the date” enews – but the extra time has been well spent. Graeme Innes, myself and the team have been on a veritable consultation roadshow! In Albury we met with Belvoir Special School, Aware Industries, and the Mercy Centre. We attended the Disability Advocacy and Information Service’s AGM and Criminal Justice Forum, then headed to Canberra, where we met with a range of government departments, including the National Disability Insurance Agency. Last week we hit the road again, this time to Brisbane where we met with service providers and advocacy groups as well as the Public Advocate and a number of individuals with disability. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to experience the passion and dedication of people working in the sector and to meet carers and people with disability, to hear about the barriers they face as well as their achievements. I’d like to thank, on behalf of the team, everybody who has taken the time to meet with us. Once we have dusted ourselves off and given you all a chance to read our Issues Paper, we look forward to embarking on another round of consultations.

In the meantime, feel free to say ‘hi’ to me on Twitter @RosCroucher. I’m new to the Twittersphere and I’m looking forward to connecting with the disability community online. I’ll tweet comings and goings of the Inquiry team and general goings-on at the ALRC, and probably indulge my love of legal history trivia!

  Issues Paper released! Call for submissions

We are happy to announce the release of the Issues Paper for this Inquiry, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws (IP 44).

IP 44 is the first consultation document of this Inquiry, intended to help frame discussion and encourage public consultation at an early stage. The Issues Paper asks questions about how the law might treat people with disability unfairly in areas including: employment, health, social security, banking, insurance, restrictive practices, access to justice, aged care, and anti-discrimination.

We invite individuals and organisations to contribute to the law reform process by making submissions in response to the Issues Paper.  It is helpful if comments address specific questions in the Issues Paper, however we also welcome feedback on background material and analysis, or other issues relevant to the Terms of Reference.

We prefer to receive submissions via the online form on the ALRC website, but also accept submissions by post and email. If you would like to make a submission in another format, please contact us.

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 16 December 2013.

The Issues Paper is available in HTML, PDF, and as an ebook.


  Easy English

We have produced an Easy English version of the Issues Paper. Easy English is more accessible for people who have difficulty reading and understanding written information. We have also produced Easy English information about the law reform process, about making submissions, and our policy for communication with people with disability.

Our Easy English information is here: http://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/disability/easy-english

Producing documents in Easy English is relatively new for the ALRC. We would love to hear any thoughts or feedback you have about our documents.

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