SYSTEMIC ADVOCACY

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

―Malala Yousafzai

WE TAKE ACTION

Communication Rights seeks to influence and change a ‘system’ in order to achieve more positive outcomes for people with communication support needs.

Systemic Advocacy aims to influence and reform legislation, government policy and community attitudes using universal human rights to remove the barriers and discriminatory practices that impact on the rights of people with communication support needs.

An important part of the work we do is raising awareness of the issues faced by people with communication support needs and their families. By helping governments, companies and the wider community become aware of these challenges, we can help make daily life more accessible and inclusive for people with complex communication needs.

Victorian Department of Education and Training – Students with Communication Support Needs Advisory Group

Our systemic advocacy through this group has helped increase awareness about situations where standard assessments are not suitable for use with students with communication disabilities, and about the alternative testing methodologies that are available to schools and educational psychologists. This has helped to ensure appropriate assessments are used with students with little or no speech, enabling accurate information to be obtained on the students’ skills and abilities.

Testimonials

“We could not have asked for a more significant outcome. The outcome achieved will not only assist my son, but will set the precedence for many students with disabilities to ensure their rights are met”.  

Karen*, parent

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for coming all this way yesterday and speaking up for [us]. We were amazed at your input. The whole meeting went beyond expectations. Can’t thank you and Communication Rights Australia enough. As you would realise, you’ve made a difference in our lives!” 

– Patricia*

Testimonials

“Thank you for coming to our group today and speaking under all the different conditions. The ladies have new hope; fighting spirit about them. Thanks for making the effort to come to us. Greatly appreciated.”

– Parents group

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October is #AACAWARENESSMONTH! Started by ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) in 2007, AAC Awareness Month runs throughout October each year and is celebrated by numerous countries around the world. The goal is to raise...

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