These Podcasts are produced by VALID, based in Melbourne, Australia. VALID provides a range of advocacy and information programs that knit together to support people with a disability on their journey towards empowerment, inclusion and a good life in the community. The VALID Podcast provides regular commentary and updates on VALID’s work, and chats with people who share their stories about disability.
Episode 1: Interview with Robert Martin MNZM
Robert, former Inclusion International Council member, was elected in 2016 to sit on the United Nations Committee (2017 - 2020) to monitor the Convention for Rights of People with Disabilities As one of 18 Committee members, he will monitor State Parties implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Robert's election to the Committee acknowledges a lifetime of advocacy on behalf of disabled people and in particular people with learning disabilities, both in New Zealand and around the world.
Episode 2: Interview with Arthur Rogers
Arthur Rogers was appointed as Victoria’s Disability Services Commissioner in August 2018. Arthur has held leadership roles in disability, social housing and service design.
During John's interview with Arthur, he reflected on a personal level about what he’s seen and how the disability landscape has evolved. Arthur and John covered the National Disability Insurance Scheme; the impacts of institutions on people’s lives; and his thoughts on the importance of self-advocacy – looking back and looking forward.
Interview 3: Interview with Professor Gerard Quinn
Professor Gerard Quinn, from the National University of Ireland, is acknowledged as a world leading authority on international disability law. Gerard was instrumental in developing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
He was recently invited to Australia in March 2019 by Deakin University to do a series of presentations.
John and Gerard discuss how other countries are looking at topics such as guardianship, supported decision making, and how other countries are also looking closely at the development of our National Disability Insurance Scheme.