Disability groups produce film series


A set of eight short films will start a conversation to help people with disability feel safe and valued.

The Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) and National Disability Service (NDS) have teamed up to produce Positive Cultures, which launches today (Thursday 22 August) at the Newcastle Museum.

“These films encourage us to focus on creating positive organisational cultures that enshrine the rights of people with disability,” CDAH executive officer, David Belcher, said.

Positive Cultures is a part of the Zero Tolerance initiative, led by NDS in partnership with the sector, including CDAH – an independent, collective voice committed to full inclusion and active citizenhood.

Based around a human rights approach, Zero Tolerance outlines actions for service providers to improve prevention, early intervention and responses to abuse, neglect and violence experienced by people with disability.

The Disability Royal Commission was established on 4 April.

From September, the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) will be extended to provide additional supports for people engaging with the Disability Royal Commission.

A free national telephone counselling and referral service for people who are affected by the Disability Royal Commission will also be available in October.

“People with disability should be in control of, and receiving, high quality support,” Mr Belcher added.

“With the royal commission on the horizon, it is important that organisations continue to focus on their culture, not just their policies and procedures.
“We support any initiative that helps people with disability feel safe, well, and included.”

Prior to the film series, workshops will start at 9.30am.

They aim to explore how people with disability are developing new ways of working together with the people and providers they choose to support them.

Guest speakers include Director of Operation for Ageing and Disability Commission (NSW), Kathryn McKenzie; NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Complaints Commissioner, Miranda Bruyniks; and National Disability Services’ NSW State Manager, Karen Stace.

Positive Cultures then launches at 12.30pm.

There is currently no closing date for submissions to the Disability Royal Commission.

Visit disability.royalcommission.gov.au for more information.

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