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Our Core Values

We believe that people with disability, irrespective of age, gender, cultural or linguistic background, religious beliefs, geographic location, sexuality, or the nature, origin, or degree of disability:

  • have a right to life and to bodily integrity;
  • are entitled to a decent standard of living, an adequate income and to lead active and satisfying lives;
  • are people first, with human, legal, and service user rights that must be recognised and respected;
  • are entitled to the full enjoyment of our citizenship rights and responsibilities;
  • are entitled to live free from prejudice, discrimination and vilification;
  • are entitled to social support and adjustments as a right and not as the result of pity, charity or the exercise of social control;
  • contribute substantially to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social diversity and well-being of our community;
  • possess many skills and abilities, and have enormous potential for life-long growth and development;
  • are entitled to live in, and be a part of, the diversity of the community;
  • have the right to participate in the formulation of those policies and programs that affect our lives; and
  • must be empowered to exercise our rights and  responsibilities, without fear of retribution.

Our Principles

In realising our vision, purpose and core values, we are guided by the following principles:

  • We are passionate, innovative and fearless in the promotion and defence of the rights and interests of people with disability
  • We are accessible and responsive to our community, and inclusive of its diversity
  • We encourage, empower and support the civic participation of people with disability
  • We are collaborative and supportive in our relationships within the disability rights movement as a whole
  • We are accountable for our activities to our members, to people with disability generally and to the public
  • We always act with honesty and integrity
  • We are resourceful and efficient in the marshlaling and management of the resources needed to undertake our work.