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Disability Awareness Training. ACHPER Training. Presenters: Mel Harrison 8 May 2009. PWD Services & Areas of Work. Individual A dvocacy Unit Systemic A dvocacy National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Hotline) National Disability Complaints Resolution and Referral Service (CRRS)

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achper training

Disability Awareness Training

ACHPER Training

Presenters: Mel Harrison

8 May 2009

pwd services areas of work
PWD Services & Areas of Work
  • Individual Advocacy Unit
  • Systemic Advocacy
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Hotline)
  • National Disability Complaints Resolution and Referral Service (CRRS)
  • Training
  • Information Services
general facts about disability
General facts about disability
  • 1 in 5 people or 20% of Australian population have a disability
  • Diverse nature of disability
  • Person first, disability second
  • Disability may be:
    • Hidden/obvious
    • From birth/acquired
    • Episodic/stable
what is the definition of disability
What is the definition of Disability

The Disability Discrimination Act includes:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Psychiatric
  • Sensory
  • Neurological, and
  • Learning disabilities, as well as
  • Physical disfigurement, and
  • The presence in the body of disease-causing organisms.
definition of disability cont d
Definition of Disability cont’d

The DDA covers a disability which people:

  • Have now,
  • Had in the past (e.g. a past episode of mental illness),
  • May have in the future (e.g. a family history of disability which a person may also develop),
  • Are believed to have (for example: if people think someone has HIV/AIDS).
  • Range of accessibility barriers, including:
    • Physical eg inaccessible built environment
    • Mobility eg inaccessible means of transport
    • Communication eg inaccessible formats
    • Structural eg inflexible procedures and practices
    • Attitudinal eg prejudice and stereotyping
    • Financial eg transport costs, hidden costs of disability
societal attitude
Societal Attitude
  • Past Attitudes:

- invisible

- victims

- burdens

- fear

Disability neither subtracts from nor adds to a person’s humanity, value or rights. It is simply a feature of a person.


  • Always refer to the person first, their disability second.
  • Empower people with disability to have control in their own life.
  • Don’t assume that people with disability need your help or can’t cope – always ask first - ask the person if they have any specific requirements
  • Developing positive attitudes will change the lives of people with disability