We have a vision of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, belonging, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated with pride.
Our purpose as a leading disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation of and for all people with disability, is to strive for the realisation of our vision of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community.
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.
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 marshalling and management of the resources needed to undertake our work.
The purpose of the company is to be a leading disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation of and for all people with disability, which strives for the realisation of our vision of a socially just, accessible, and inclusive community, in which the human rights, belonging, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated with pride.
What we do
The activities of the company must be conducted in the furtherance of its purpose and will include:
- working within the framework of, and seeking to bring into reality, the rights recognised in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – a treaty we played a key role in bringing into force, both internationally and in Australia;
- working with and for all people with all types of impairment/disability, and with all specific disability population groups, including women with disability, children and young people with disability, First Peoples with disability, and people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
- working on issues that concern all people with disability, learning from and linking our individual experiences to create comprehensive agendas for social change that leave no-one behind;
- a fundamental commitment to self-help, mutual support and self-representation for all people with disability, by all people with disability;
- advocating on behalf of people with disability, particularly where our rights have been infringed to address the discrimination, marginalisation, poverty and human rights abuses to which people with disability are often subject in our community;
- empowering people with disability to take control of their own lives by providing information, advice, education and mutual support, by providing personal advocacy support to individuals and groups whose rights have been violated, and by identifying and promoting social change to realise human rights. The services will not be limited to members of the company;
- promoting access to proper and adequate representation of people with disability on all bodies which make decisions that affect our lives;
- encouraging the development and coordination of self-help groups of people with disability;
- fostering communication, cooperation and partnerships with other community organisations with similar aims; and
- all such things as are lawful and conducive to the attainment of the purpose of the company.