Tell your story your way

Your story: Advocacy Tasmania's Felicia Chan, in Devonport on World Mental Health Day. Picture: Supplied

Your story: Advocacy Tasmania's Felicia Chan, in Devonport on World Mental Health Day. Picture: Supplied

Violence and abuse against people with disabilities has been a shameful secret in our communities for decades.

Now that the Disability Royal Commission is happening, how can we make sure things change for the better?

In preparation for the upcoming Disability Royal Commission community forums in Launceston and Burnie, Advocacy Tasmania are hosting free workshops for community members.

Come along to learn more about the Disability Royal Commission and find out how you can make a difference by telling your personal story.

Supported by the Legal Aid Commission and Relationships Australia, the events will provide information on how to have your say and speak up safely. Learn about what your rights are and how telling YOUR story could create change.

Stories coming out of the Disability Royal Commission so far show that abuse and neglect of people with disabilities is rife in Australia.

Many services have had little accountability for how they treated people in the past. And what about abuse that happens outside of services, in the community or at home?

Abuse of people with disabilities can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or neglect.

It can be as simple as being harassed on the street, or as complex as being taken advantage of by the most trusted people in your life.

It can even include government services being set up in a way that means people with disabilities keep "falling down the cracks".

The full extent of abuse against people with disabilities in Australia is unknown, because in many cases, the people being abused have been unable to speak up.

The Disability Royal Commission is about more than just changing the way services operate.

It's also about changing the way people with disabilities are included in society. People with disabilities have valuable strengths, skills and stories that can add so much to their communities.

The Disability Royal Commission is a chance to change the way we think about disability.

Advocacy Tasmania can support people seeking to participate in the Disability Royal Commission. It also provides support for people living with a disability, people living with a mental illness, people who use alcohol or other drugs, and older people. Using a "Your Say" model of advocacy, advocates help individual clients to have their say - to have their voice heard.

Morning and evening workshop sessions are available, in fully accessible venues.

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Launceston event

  • When: March 2
  • Morning session: 11am to 12:30pm
  • Evening session: 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Where: The Door of Hope, 50 Glen Dhu Street, South Launceston

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Burnie event

  • When: March 4
  • Morning session: 11am to 12:30pm
  • Evening session: 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Where: Burnie Arts and Function Centre, 77-79 Wilmot Street, Burnie
  • Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions.

There are limited spaces at these forums, so please book your FREE spot today on 1800 005 131 or via contact@yoursaytas.org .

If you need support to have your say, please call our intake officer to discuss your needs 1800 005 131, email contact@yoursaytas.org or send a text message to 0457 806 963.

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