Episode 10: Self Advocacy
In this episode
In this episode of Inform, we discuss self-advocacy.
We speak with Colin Hiscoe. Colin has been involved in self-advocacy since the early 1980s through Reinforce and has played an important role in the development of the Voices Together Project.
We’ll also be hearing from Sue Smith, from the Self Advocacy Resource Unit, or SARU. Sue, like Colin, has been involved in advocacy for many years.
We’ll define what self-advocacy is and why it matters. We’ll look at the history of the movement in Australia and the work of the Self Advocacy Resource Unit. And we have some excellent tips and advice for anyone looking to explore self-advocacy for themselves.
A collective voice
More than four million Australians have a disability. That’s 1 in 5 people. If you’re not one of those millions of Australians with a disability, it’s likely that you know someone who is. But Australians with disability are some of the most discriminated against people in the country. Of the complaints received by the Australian Human Rights Commission, disability discrimination tops the list.
A collective voice or an individual one, self-advocacy is a way in which people with disabilities can have their voices heard.
Colin Hiscoe, President of Reinforce
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Host and producer: Kirby Fenwick
Managing editor: Alison Crowe
With thanks to Colin Hiscoe and Sue Smith.
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