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Call to Parties
VALID, Down Syndrome Victoria and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service have worked in partnership to establish a common set of critical issues that needs to be addressed by government leading up to the November 2015 State Election.

VALID calls on its members to remind State politicians of the work needed to support people with disabilities and families. Over the weeks, leading up to the State Election, we ask you to visit your local MP to discuss the issues that you are concerned about. In particular, VALID urges you to highlight the issues in the
Call to Parties document to the attention of your local MP.
Facilitated Communication
ISAAC Position Statement on Facilitated Communication 

ISAAC – the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – is a Non-Governmental Organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

ISAAC’s Mission is to promote the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs.  Creating worldwide awareness about how AAC can help individuals without speech by sharing information and promoting innovative approaches to research, technology and literacy.

Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities Inquiry
VALID's Submission to the Inquiry

Parliament is conducting an inquiry into the social inclusion of people with disabilities within Victoria. They are looking at what inclusion means for Victorians with a disability and how local, state and federal government can collaborate with the community and people with disabilities to improve inclusion and participation.

Guardianship Final report
Victorian Law Reform Commission Guardianship Final Report

This report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission makes recommendations for modernising Victoria’s guardianship laws so that they better cater for the contemporary needs of the many Victorians who need assistance with decision making now, or might need assistance at some time in the future.

John McKenna Information Blog 
John McKenna's Website

John 'Macca' McKenna is a member of the VALID team as our Peer Support to Buy Support groups coordinator.

John  maintains a blog on his website which discusses current disability issues that is well worth a read.  You can also sign up to receive his updates automatically by email.

Advocacy Role of Disability Support Workers
Download - VALID position on advocacy role of disability support workers

Disability support workers have an important role to play in promoting and facilitating the rights and interests of the people with a disability they support. 

This VALID Position Statement sets out the Key Principles and Core Definitions that should be considered in the development of guidelines for staff in disability services undertaking the advocacy component of their support role.

Our Forgotten Families
Issues and challenges faced by parents with a disability in Victoria

 A summary of the experiences and issues as reported by Victorian parents with disabilities and practitioners associated with the Parents With a Disability Community Network (PWDCN) in 2009.

Medicare Fact sheet
Download fact sheet here in Word        Download fact sheet here in pdf format

NSW CID has prepared a fact sheet to provide information to families, advocates and disability workers about some of the key items in Medicare that will be available to many people with intellectual disabilities.

Review of Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
Download VALID's Submission here

How well has the Charter has been used to protect the rights of Victoria’s more vulnerable citizens?  Where have there been any gaps or shortfalls in its application to its intended purpose?  Identifying ways of strengthening or extending these protections beyond the current parameters of the Charter.

Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry 
Joint Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry on Accommodation

Joint submission by VALID, Amida, Star and Reinforce on Supported accommodation for those with disability and mental illness.